September 15th & 16th – One Quarter Finished!

The joy of releasing a Philadelphia Vireo.

The joy of releasing a Philadelphia Vireo.


How time flies! It seems like we just began and here we are sitting at the one quarter mark of the migration (our last day is November 7th). For the past 2 days we’ve enjoyed sensational weather but just a trickle of migrants. We’ll see if the unsettled weather called for on the weekend shakes things up.
A surprise: an early-returning White-throated Sparrow.

A surprise: an early-returning White-throated Sparrow.


I was surprised to get the first White-throated Sparrow of the season on the 15th. It’s pretty early….maybe a sign of things to come.

I was walking the dog at Ruthven tonight (16th) at around 5:30 and was thrilled to see at least 20 Common Nighthawks foraging over the Butterfly Meadow and parking lot for more than half an hour. I haven’t seen that many nighthawks since I was a kid.

September 15th; Banded 15:
1 Eastern Wood Pewee
1 Least Flycatcher

Swainson's Thrush.

Swainson’s Thrush.


2 Swainson’s Thrushes
4 Gray Catbirds
2 Blackpoll Warblers
1 Ovenbird
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 White-throated Sparrow
2 House Finches

ET’s: 46 spp.

September 16th; Banded 22:
2 Black-capped Chickadees
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush

For comparison: Gray-cheeked Thrush (left) and Swainson's Thrush (right)/

For comparison: Gray-cheeked Thrush (left) and Swainson’s Thrush (right)/


1 Swainson’s Thrush
2 Gray Catbirds
2 Philadelphia Vireos
1 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Nashville Warblers
1 Magnolia Warbler
5 Blackpoll Warblers
1 Song Sparrow
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 50 spp.
Rick

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