May 7th – Pot Pourri

F. Smith

F. Smith


I was helping Joanne Fleet with her innovative program at Fern Hill School today. We caught and banded some interesting birds. When I got home I found some emails from friends near and far telling me about birds they were seeing: Amondi Christine in Matangwe, Kenya and Betsy and Fred Smith 1 km downriver in Cayuga. I think the best way to sum things up is with pictures. [Unfortunately, Nancy, filling in at Ruthven, had a good day – banded Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Veery and Wood Thrush and saw Chestnut-sided Warbler and Black & White Warbler) – but didn’t send me any pictures.]
Fern Hill School:
Canada Geese seeking higher education.

Canada Geese seeking higher education.


The banding "station" at first light....like the old days at Ruthven.

The banding “station” at first light….like the old days at Ruthven.


Male Eastern Bluebird - from a nearby nesting box.

Male Eastern Bluebird – from a nearby nesting box.


Pine Siskin - what a surprise! Thought these would all be WAY up north by now.

Pine Siskin – what a surprise! Thought these would all be WAY up north by now.


Betsy and Fred Smith (1 km downriver from Ruthven):
The orioles are ravenous. Clean an orange off in an afternoon. They are also eating from the peanut feeder and suet and from the ground.

We had 6 lined up on a tree branch tonight.
F. Smith

F. Smith


F. Smith

F. Smith


F. Smith

F. Smith


Matangwe, Kenya:

Amondi Christine has taken the Bird Club one step further and now starts off each school day with a bit of banding before school.
Speckled Mousebird.  -Amondi. C.

Speckled Mousebird. -Amondi. C.


Speckled Mousebird.  -Amondi C.

Speckled Mousebird. -Amondi C.


Weighing in....  -Amondi C.

Weighing in…. -Amondi C.


Amondi checking for fat.

Amondi checking for fat.


Spectacled Weaver.  -Amondi C.

Spectacled Weaver. -Amondi C.


Rick

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