September 29th & 30th – Scattered

Eila taking it to the streets. -FO

Yes, things are a bit scattered at the moment as we’re trying to get everything done and ready for the owling season…..and do our daily banding…and prepare a couple of presentations….and try to get some sleep. So here’s a quick rundown of the last two days.

Red-headed Woodpecker captured by Caleb a week ago. A real rarity around Ruthven for many years now. -CHS

An Osprey patiently scans the river. -CR

September 29th; Banded 35:
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Winter Wren
3 Golden-crowned Kinglets (1st for the season)
1 Swainson’s Thrush
1 Gray Catbird
3 Red-eyed Vireos
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Northern Parulas
1 Cape May Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Myrtle Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroats
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Indigo Bunting
1 Field Sparrow
2 Song Sparrows

Swamp Sparrow – one of several sparrow species that have begun to arrive. -CR

4 Swamp Sparrows
6 White-throated Sparrows

Yellowleg species feeding around Canada Geese. -EB

ET’s: 60 spp. (including these firsts for the season: Greater Yellowlegs, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet)

September 30th; Ruthven:
Nancy banded 51 birds of 19 species and will send me her blog for tomorrow night.

Fern Hill School – Oakville:

A magical sunrise. -DOL

The brisk, cool E wind was billowing many of the nets and keeping birds away from the edges where they are. So we didn’t catch much but….we did get the first Dark-eyed Junco of the season (for either site). The conditions kept Monarch Butterflies down as well (or they’ve moved through, which I doubt) and I didn’t catch the only one I saw.

Banded 5:
1 Swainson’s Thrush
2 Magnolia Warblers
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Dark-eyed Junco

Devika and Isabella hold the first Dark-eyed Junco of the season (for Fern Hill and/or Ruthven). -DOL

ET’s: 18 spp.

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