September 2nd – Rain Delays

Yellow-throated Vireo. We’re lucky to have a healthy breeding population of this handsome bird. -ECG

We opened on time but with the understanding that we might have to make a dash for it and close up again. Sure enough, two hours later a thunderstorm chased us into action and we close everything. The rain tapered off after about an hour but conditions were threatening (as well as the weather map) so we reopened only a few nets – ones that we could get to quickly if necessary.

Mouse damage: a Deer Mouse got into one of our metal retrap card files and made a nest out of shredded cards. It chose to shred the corner with the band number – a good argument for digitalization….. -ECG

Despite the conditions (or maybe because of them) there was a good variety of birds around; we counted 57 different species. (Ethan raised the “census bar” to 36 species.) But not a lot of them found their way into the nets.

Banded 21:
2 Eastern Wood Pewees

Tick close to the eye of this young House Wren. We removed it and it will shortly be on its way to John Scott at the University of Guelph. Marnie has an uncanny penchant for finding these little suckers. -MMG

1 House Wren
1 Gray Catbird
3 Red-eyed Vireos
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Tennessee Warbler
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroats
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Indigo Bunting
1 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrows
3 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 57 spp.

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