May 8th – Lots of Diversity

One of three Northern Parulas banded this morning. -MAS

It was a wonderful day to be out birding/banding. LOTS of birds around of many different kinds. We had 5 “new” species for the year, all of them warblers: Brewster’s Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Canada Warbler, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler. Altogether we had 17 species of warblers around the site. We banded 30 different species and between banding and retraps handled 38 species. And there are still lots to come!

It will be interesting to see what impact the forecast rain will have.

Banded 89:
1 Mourning Dove

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird banded this morning; it weighs only 3 grams. -AR

1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
4 House Wrens
5 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8 Gray Catbirds
1 Cedar Waxwing
2 Warbling Vireos

Blue-winged Warbler – in the 80’s these were a rarity around Ruthven; Golden-winged Warblers were relatively common. Now it’s the other way around. -MAS

1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Brewster’s Warbler

Female Brewster’s Warbler. -MAS

4 Nashville Warblers
3 Northern Parulas
9 Yellow Warblers
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
4 Western Palm Warblers
1 Black & White Warbler

Male Canada Warbler. -MAS

1 Canada Warbler
1 American Redstart
4 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
3 Chipping Sparrows
1 Field Sparrow
5 Lincoln’s Sparrows
2 Swamp Sparrows
3 White-throated Sparrows
2 Brown-headed Cowbirds
7 Baltimore Orioles
2 Orchard Orioles
1 House finch
9 American Goldfinches

Male Blue-winged Warbler. -MAS

Tick above the eye of this male Common Yellowthroat. -MAS

ET’s: 72 spp.

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