September 29th & 30th – A Big Festival Weekend!

A cute, cuddly, killing machine. -N. Furber

Taking the Saw-whet's wing measurement. -N. Furber

No matter how you look at it, it was a great weekend:

  • we banded a total of 304 birds in two days
  • 3 of these were the first Saw-whet Owls of the year
  • we had great weather for the Festival
  • the attendance was well over 130
  • all of the speakers were terrific
  • everyone went away happy

Yellow-billed Cuckoo was a treat for the early Festival census walkers.

Saturday, September 29; Banded 130:
1 Mourning Dove
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
2 Northern Saw-whet Owls [banded Friday night/Saturday morning]
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Blue Jays
4 Black-capped Chickadees
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
6 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
2 Swainson’s Thrushes
3 Hermit Thrushes
1 Wood Thrush
1 Gray Catbird
20 Cedar Waxwings
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Tennessee Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
11 Yellow-rumped Warblers
1 Western Palm Warbler
5 Blackpoll Warblers
2 Common Yellowthroats
1 Indigo Bunting
4 Chipping Sparrows
3 Song Sparrows
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
10 White-throated Sparrows
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
7 Purple Finches
1 House Finch
32 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 61 spp.

A very young (probably male) Indigo Bunting.

Sunday, September 30th; Banded 174:
1 Northern Saw-whet Owl
2 Blue Jays
1 Eastern Tufted Titmouse
3 Black-capped Chickadees
2 Red-breasted Nuthatches
1 Brown Creeper
1 Winter Wren
10 Golden-crowned Kinglets
8 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Eastern Bluebird
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
4 Swainson’s Thrushes
5 Hermit Thrushes
35 Cedar Waxwings
1 Blue-headed Vireo
2 Tennessee Warblers
6 Nashville Warblers
1 Magnolia Warbler
19 Yellow-rumped Warblers
1 Western Palm Warbler
4 Blackpoll Warblers
1 American Redstart
2 Common Yellowthroats
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrows
14 White-throated Sparrows
1 Dark-eyed Junco
1 Purple Finch
42 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 57 spp.
Fall Banding Total: 1,980
Year-to-Date Banding Total: 4,565

Photo Gallery:

Holly after banding last night's Saw-whet. -N. Furber

First Winter Wren of the season.

Holly, from the U. of Windsor banded a Northern Saw-whet Owl last night and this titmouse this morning.

Yellow and orange Cedar Waxwing tail tips.

Alexis with her first banded bird - a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Leucistic (white) secondary in the right wing of this Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Dorothy Smith with Winter Wren - moving ahead of daughters Joanne and Dianne in the bird race.

Western Palm Warbler


1 thought on “September 29th & 30th – A Big Festival Weekend!

  1. We really enjoyed ourselves and it was great to see so many people enjoying the festival. We plan to be over again before the banding station closes for the season.

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