September 1st – Ready, Set ……. Go!

The fall migration monitoring season has begun at the Ruthven Park Banding Station. The weather was clear and cool when the nets were opened in the dark, under a canopy of stars. The extreme heat and humidity were gone and there was anticipation for the start of a new fall season. It was a super day with a great group of volunteers helping to give our visitors the opportunity to see birds up close and experience hands on participation. The Baggers were busy trimming net lanes and working together setting up nets. I had the Hall hummingbird trap set up near Carol’s garden and with success in catching one, I showed everyone the steps in banding a very tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbird!

Banded 23
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 House Wren
1 Veery (a very young Hatch Year bird)
1 Gray Catbird
1 Warbling Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Wilson’s Warbler
1 Baltimore Oriole
7 American Goldfinch

Estimated Total Number of Species: 55

Nancy

Hatch Year Wilson Warbler

Hatch Year Wilson Warbler

A young Veery with a growth on its upper mandible.

A young Veery with a growth on its upper mandible.

Hatch year Veery

Hatch year Veery

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