September 25th & 26th – HOT!

Bay-breasted Warbler.

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year for our area: 32 degrees Celsius with a humidex score of 42!! And today was damned close. I just don’t get it. And if these types of weather changes are the way of the future, I wonder what the impact will be on birds. Despite reports of large numbers of migrants north of Lake Ontario, we still aren’t getting them. We tend to get most captures in the relative cool of the morning and then things die out when the sun heats up – although we’ve been getting a later small “hit” just before closing, usually involving just one net, almost like the birds taking pity on us, feeling the pain. Due to the heat we have been closing the nets an hour to an hour and a half early to avoid casualties.

In other news….the new header picture was taken by Marnie Gibson – it’s stunning!

……Nancy reported seeing 20 Common Nighthawks last night (25th) over the Butterfly Meadow.

……I just got news from the Banding Office that a Cedar Waxwing, banded at Ruthven as a young (hatch year) male on November 4th, 2013 was recovered in Milford Michigan on August 15, 2017.

September 25th; Banded 16
2 House Wrens
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
1 Swainson’s Thrush
9 Cedar Waxwings
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Ovenbird

ET’s: 44 spp.

Male Common Yellowthroat with odd colouring to the tip of its bill.

September 26th; Banded 12:
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Gray Catbirds
4 Cedar Waxwings
1 Common Yellowthroat

Wing detail showing moult in this young male Scarlet Tanager.

1 Scarlet Tanager
2 Song Sparrows
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow

I love the colouring of this little skulker – Lincoln’s Sparrow.

ET’s: 39 spp.

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