September 28th – Lots of Activity

You might think this picture was taken to commemorate the very enjoyable visit by members of OFO but it’s really a new game I’m instituting: find the raisin/oatmeal cookie. -J. Martin

We enjoyed a bit of a fallout this morning – both avian and human. Rain during the early morning brought a great mix of birds and following on the tail of the rain was a group of OFO’s – a field trip of bird enthusiasts attending the Ontario Federation of Ornithologists conference being held in Hamilton.

Eila with a really nice banding tick (which she extracted) – Scarlet Tanager. -ELO

We banded 54 birds; 48% of these were warblers of 11 species, most long-distance migrants. Interestingly we also banded a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-headed Vireo and Winter Wren. These short-distance migrants were the first of their species for the season at Ruthven. What a mix, eh?!

Liam celebrating a banding milestone with a Lincoln’s Sparrow – the 100th bird he’s banded. -AT

It’s always great to have bird lovers visit the banding lab. All the talk centres around birds and birding – it’s like preaching to the choir. The group helped with the census and their contribution added to the 57 species of birds we encountered for the day.

A (banded) female Red-bellied Woodpecker. -T&M. Kershaw

Banded 54:
2 Eastern Wood-pewees
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
1 Winter Wren

First Ruby-crowned Kinglet of the season. -RG

1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Gray-cheeked Thrushes
3 Swainson’s Thrushes

Gray Catbirds show a great deal of variation in the amount of orange in the undertail coverts – this one has almost none. -ELO

2 Gray Catbirds
1 Cedar Waxwing

First Blue-headed Vireo of the season. -FAS

1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Philadelphia Vireo
6 Red-eyed Vireos
1 Tennessee Warbler

Nashville Warbler. -RG

3 Nashville Warblers
4 Northern Parulas
2 Black-throated Blue Warblers
5 Black-throated Green Warblers
1 Blackburnian Warbler
2 Bay-breasted Warblers
1 Blackpoll Warbler

A striking adult male American Redstart. -JET

3 American Redstarts
2 Ovenbirds
2 Common Yellowthroats

Female Scarlet Tanager (no black on the secondary coverts). -ELO

1 Scarlet Tanager
1 Song Sparrow
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
3 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 57 spp.

Karen’s Kreeping Korner:

Mantis….Praying or European? And how do you tell? -AT


1 thought on “September 28th – Lots of Activity

  1. Hi Rick, the mantis is a European Mantis, you can tell because they are brown and have a diamond back pattern on their backs. also, only males of both species can fly!


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