November 5th – Turning Off The Tap

Yesterday this beautiful maple was just beginning to lose its leaves. -DOL

It’s amazing sometimes how quickly things can happen. Two weeks ago Cedar Waxwings and Robins were everywhere to be seen and White-throated Sparrows greeted you along the paths in the early morning as you went to open the nets. Today we recorded just 2 Robins, 4 Waxwings and 7 White-throats. The main vanguard of these species is many hundreds of kilometers south of us by now. We know from recoveries that quite a few of the Waxwings that we band in the Fall will spend the Winter in South Carolina and Georgia. I’ll bet some are there already.

Today, just 24 hours later, most of the leaves have fallen. -NRF

We are starting to see the end of the junco influx; their numbers are tailing off. Interestingly some have low fat scores, suggesting that they will stay in the area (if not the immediate area) for the Winter while others still have large fat loads and, so, will likely be moving on further south. Speaking of staying the Winter…..we retrapped a male junco that we had originally banded in December 2014. It has been back every Winter since. Hmmm…..I wonder where it nests.

Banded 28:
1 Winter Wren
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 American Tree Sparrow (still waiting for the bulk of them to arrive)
3 White-throated Sparrows
1 Dark-eyed Junco (+ another 19 retraps)
21 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 29 spp.

Friday and Monday at Fern Hill Burlington can only be described as “wet”. On Friday November 2nd We ran ground traps and observed White-throated Sparrows, Juncos, and Chickadees at the feeders. During the day my students and I made pumpkin “forest feeders” out of leftover Halloween pumpkins. We cut them open to allow perching birds to alight and feast on the pumpkin, black oil, mixed seed and cracked corn we put inside. While this brought a variety of song birds to the area it may have slowed down the traffic to our ground feeders but it was a lot of fun to watch.

November 2; Banded 4 birds :
1 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Slate-coloured Juncos

On Monday November 5th the morning started off wet and drizzly but warmed and cleared up mid-morning and into the afternoon. We’re still waiting for the arrival of American Tree Sparrows at the school signaling a shift in the migration season but alas none yet. Janice had an Estimated Total of 23 species throughout the day and we banded a total of 12 birds :

1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Blue Jay
5 Black-capped Chickadees
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 Golden-crowned Kinglets
1 Orange Crowned Warbler

2 thoughts on “November 5th – Turning Off The Tap

  1. I always look forward to reading your blogs thanks for writing them. When does the spring banding start?

  2. Thanks. Spring migration monitoring starts on April 1st and runs daily until May 31st. Between the seasons we try to catch and band Snow Buntings when they’re around – they require both cold and snowy conditions. They’re an interesting bird.

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