October 6th – A Window Of Opportunity

Jaqueline with her first banded bird – Cedar Waxwing. -NRF

After a rough weathered start to the morning (early thunderstorms and rain), we had a brief respite from the rain and were able to open up some nets before it came down again. What we didn’t expect was the amount of birds we’d catch, which quickly overwhelmed the two of us. Luckily (the ailing) Rick was just a phone call away and then some awesome University of Guelph students showed up. We were able to show them how to scribe and they picked it up quickly to help us out so we were able to “fly” through the large amount of birds we had! And when things slowed down they were able to band a couple of birds as well.

For any mammalogists out there: we found this dead weasel on the trail. Is it a long-tailed or short-tailed weasel. -NRF

Nice to see that the Cedar Waxwings have arrived en masse again.
Banded 89:
2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
8 Golden-crowned Kinglet
6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Hermit Thrush
8 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
32 Cedar Waxwings
1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Nashville Warbler
12 Myrtle Warblers
1 Song Sparrow
11 White-throated Sparrows
2 Slate-coloured Junco

Ritchie with a Cedar Waxwing. -NRF

ET’s: 34 spp.

Chirayu with a White-throated Sparrow. -NRF


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