October 13th – Over 100 At Last!

Today's record setting team: Carol, Rhiannon, Nancy, and Loretta.....and me behind the camera.

We had a substantial amount of rain through the night and it looked like it might rain all morning but it held off. Good thing as there were lots of birds around; we had several right after we got the first nets open and the first two net rouinds were quite large. Fortunately, we had a very good team of people helping out this morning as we also had 36 grade 7 students from Brantford – some banded, some handled retraps, and some did net rounds so that the birds were processed quickly and the students had lots to see.

Another uncommon Fall visitor - a Blue-headed Vireo.

Again, we had a big influx of Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers – we banded 62, the same as yesterday, although I estimated that there were fewer around. We also had a couple of interesting but uncommon birds: an Orange-crowned Warbler (they always seem to show up when Rhiannon is here) and a Blue-headed Warbler.

An adult Orange-crowned Warbler - one of my favourites but uncommon at Ruthven.

The Orange-crowned Warbler Lady - Rhiannon always seem to be here when the bird shows up.

After the first two big rounds, the numbers dropped off considerably….but by then we had banded almost all of the 113 we ended up doing for the day. Whew!

Teacher Laura Hearn (with a male Eastern Bluebird) has brought her classes to Ruthven for several years.

Banded 113:
3 Downy Woodpeckers
1 Brown Creeper
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
4 Eastern Bluebirds
4 Hermit Thrushes
1 Gray Catbird
1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
62 Myrtle Warblers
1 Blackpoll Warbler
2 Chipping Sparrows
4 Song Sparrows
14 White-throated Sparrows
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
8 Dark-eyed Juncos
3 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 32:
1 Mourning Dove
2 Black-capped Chickadees
1 Eastern Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatches
1 House Wren
1 Eastern Bluebird
1 Hermit Thrush
2 Nashville Warblers
5 Myrtle Warblers
1 Chipping Sparrow
6 Song Sparrows
4 White-throated Sparrows
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Juncos
1 House Finch
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 48 spp.

Birds banded per 100 net hours: 74

Photo Gallery (thanks to Jason Manning):

Adult White-crowned Sparrow - J. Manning

Male Ruby-crowned Kinglet. - J. Manning

Lincoln's Sparrow - J. Manning

Male Black-throated Green Warbler. - J. Manning


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