September 11th – Gordon’s Aftermath

Female Belted Kingfisher – seen commonly on census. -HG

Yesterday was pretty well a washout with almost steady rain (not showers) and a stiff easterly wind. A brave crew put up a couple of nets during a lull but had to close them after about an hour. Still, Marnie was able to get a census done so all was not lost.
Banded 5:
1 Mourning Dove
1 Swainson’s Thrush
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Mourning Warbler

ET’s: 39 spp.

We are still seeing quite a few hummingbirds – caught 3 this morning. -HG

I had high hopes for today but I think that the showers on and off through the night kept birds in place rather than moving on so things were fairly quiet. To back this up we had more retraps than newly banded birds suggesting that many birds had stayed put. We’ll see what tomorrow brings…..

In the first 10 days of September we banded an average of 21 birds per day. This is our lowest average since I began calculating this stat in 2011 and well below the 7-year average of 33.3.

Banded 29:
1 Mourning Dove

Young Eastern Wood-pewee. -KMP

4 Eastern Wood-pewee
1 Yellow-breasted flycatcher
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Swainson’s Thrushes
1 Warbling Vireo
3 Red-eyed Vireos
3 Nashville Warblers

Young male Blackburnian Warbler. -KMP

1 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Black and White Warbler
1 American Redstart
2 Common Yellowthroats
2 Chipping Sparrows
2 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 47 spp.

Tessa snagged this picture of a Northern Rough-winged Swallow over the river – we’ve been seeing lots of these in the past several days. -TRG

A cryptic Spotted Sandpiper on the gravel bar between the mainland and Slink Island – a good place to check for shorebirds. -HG

Eastern Wood-pewee. -KMP

Cedar Waxwing – originally banded in July and retrapped today. -KMP

Blackpoll Warbler. -KMP

Blackburnian Warbler. -KMP


September 9th – Continuing To Build

Just part of today’s crew – and all sporting the new HBO head apparel….readily available at the banding lab.

The changing conditions with a NE wind have got migrants….migrating. Our banding numbers continue to climb – modestly but still climbing. This is the time of year when you just don’t know what you might get and variety is the highest; today we banded 19 species and encountered 51 in total.

Banded 45:
1 Mourning Dove

Two Eastern Wood-pewees. The left-hand bird is a young (HY) bird – note the buffy wing bars and relatively fresh flight feathers. The right-hand bird is an older one (AHY) – note the white wing bars and more worn flight feathers. The adults of this species don’t go through a complete moult until they have returned to their wintering grounds. -SEF

5 Eastern Wood-pewee
1 Least Flycatcher

An uncommon visitor to Ruthven: Red-breasted Nuthatch. -SEF

1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 White-breasted Nuthatches
1 Eastern Bluebird
1 Veery
5 Swainson’s Thrushes
1 Gray Catbird
1 Cedar Waxwing
4 Red-eyed Vireos
2 Tennessee Warblers
2 Nashville Warblers

Very drab=looking Chestnut-sided Warbler. -SEF

1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
2 Magnolia Warblers

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler. -SEF

1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
2 American Redstarts

Young (HY) male American Redstart. -SEF

1 Ovenbird
1 Scarlet Tanager
10 American Goldfinches

William with “his” nuthatch. -SEF

ET’s: 51 spp.

September 7th – Creeping Up

[My apologies…..but I’m not able to upload pictures at the moment. I have turned the problem over to the blog’s founder and tech guy, Geoff MacLeod, so it should just be a matter of time.]

The cooler temperatures and cloud cover this morning felt wonderful! There was a nice assortment of birds around (although not in big numbers; note that we banded 28 of 21 species so just one bird banded per species for many of them) and that felt wonderful….but not hit it out of the park wonderful. Just better than we’ve been experiencing. We had some nice warblers that, alas, I can’t show you.

What I would like to know is where some of our common birds are: Song Sparrows and American Robins are few and far between.

Banded 28:
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-pewee
2 Least Flycatchers
1 House Wren
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush (first of the season)
3 Swainson’s Thrush
1 Gray Catbird
1 Philadelphia Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Magnolia Warblers
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler (first of the season)
1 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 American Redstart
1 Ovenbird
4 Common Yellowthroats
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 50 spp.

September 6th – Change In The Weather

One of our nicest looking breeding birds: Yellow-throated Vireo. -SEF

A front moved through during the night bringing with it some showers, cooler temperatures (although not a LOT cooler) and a northerly breeze. It was a big relief to walk around under a could cover that stopped the sun from baking you. The changed conditions brought in some birds and we had our best banding day so far – although not outstanding by any stretch of the imagination. But there was a good variety of birds around including 8 species of warblers (albeit in small numbers) and a concentration of Red-eyed Vireos.

Male Brewster’s Warbler that Sian banded n May and recaptured today. -SEF

We had one interesting recapture – a male Brewster’s Warbler that Sian Ford banded in May of this year….and she recaptured it today. They evidently have an affinity for each other.

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been busy around the feeders. -R. Hallman

Banded 25:
1 Eastern Wood-pewee

Swainson’s Thrushes are on the move. -SEF

3 Swainson’s Thrushes
2 Gray Catbirds

Just one of the 12 Red-eyed Vireos we banded today. -RH

12 Red-eyed Vireos
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler

Magnolia Warbler -SEF

1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Field Sparrow
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 54 spp.

A Belted Kingfisher on a nice hunting perch: a dead snag overhanging the river. -JAI

A Merlin on a nice hunting perch: a dead snag high above the river. -JAI

Sian doing a magic trick – releasing a recently “fledged” Monarch Butterfly from Karen’s butterfly farm. -KMP