May 5th – Slow Down

Part of the next generation of ornithologists: Liam (left) and Sam. -DOL

The bad weather “blockage” cleared overnight and migrants that had been marking time took off overnight for their breeding grounds farther north. Their leaving was quite noticeable as the edges weren’t nearly so alive with White-throat calls and the decline in overall numbers was obvious from the getgo. (The slow down was obvious in the birds per net hour calculations as well: two days we banded at the rate of 135 birds per 100 net hours; yesterday we were at 65; today just 23 – a slow day.)

Still we did record some 1sts for the year in our observations: Warbling Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, and Blue-winged Warbler.

Teaching some of the young people at Ruthven – like Eila, Liam, Sam, and quite a few others – is a treat. (Some of the older people too!) -DON

Banded 27:
1 Tree Swallow
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
6 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Hermit Thrush
2 Gray Catbirds
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Yellow Warblers

Western Palm Warbler. -WJA

1 Western Palm Warbler
2 Chipping Sparrows
2 Swamp Sparrows
6 White-throated Sparrows
1 Red-winged Blackbird

ET’s: 63 spp.
Photos from today and yesterday:

Male or female? This Ruby-crowned Kinglet has one ruby feather on its head. -DOL

Sam with a Tree Swallow he’s just banded. -DOL

Male American Goldfinch….with Eila. -DON

And Eila with a female goldfinch. It’s amazing to me how FEW kids know that this bird is a goldfinch! -DON

Male Black & White Warbler. -DON

New bird of the day: Blue-headed Vireo. -DON

Telling the age of a male Myrtle Warbler in Spring. Note the contrast between the black (replaced) greater coverts (yellow) and the brown of the unreplaced juvenile flight feathers (green). This bird was hatched last Summer. -DON

Can’t get enough of this shot: female (left) and male (right) Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. -DON

Bloodroot can be seen readily along some of the trails. -JAI

Eastern Phoebe – very cryptic against the bark of this tree. -JAI

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker. -JAI

Bird food? Or pest? Tent caterpillars are emerging in large numbers. -JAI

Female Yellow Warblers have arrived. -JAI


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