September 3-5, 2016

Here are the updates from September 3 to 5, 2016. Photo gallery to follow! -Jeff MacLeod

September 3rd – Look Up, Way Up

Early this morning, all of the fields were a site to see. Both large and small spider webs were on display, intricate works of art beautifully spun among all of the different plants. The morning dew glistened on the webs and with the sunrise the fields were spectacular. Very slow for birds banded and bird activity around the park. Clear skies, cool temperatures at opening. By mid-morning, cumulus clouds covered the sky and we started seeing a bit of a raptor flight. It was amazing, in one thermal, there were two Bald Eagles (Juvenile, Adult), two Red-tailed Hawks (Juvenile, Adult), one Sharp-shinned Hawk, one Broad-winged Hawk, four Turkey Vultures, and one Osprey!! When the clouds move in, you never know what you may see and I love looking for those tiny dots of movement way up in the sky. Also, there was a Red breasted Nuthatch feeding next to the station, and Yellow-throated Vireo’s counter-singing beside the banding lab.

Banded 23
1 Mourning Dove
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2 Eastern Wood Pewee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
1 Warbling Vireo
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Tennessee Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Scarlet Tanager
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Song Sparrow
8 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 52


September 4th

After the first net round the banding ground to a halt. The sky was clear and it was quiet around the park. Net checks with no new migrants, a few retraps and mores leaves to pull out.

Banded 27
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Northern Flicker
1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
1 Black-capped Chickadee
2 House Wren
4 Gray Catbird
7 Red-eyed Vireo
4 Nashville Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Song Sparrow
1 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 34



September 5th

A good day with a number of the ‘Baggers’ ( the young people who travel near and far) spending the last day of their summer holidays at Ruthven . There was a group of seven of them working together to complete the job of trimming net lanes and setting up the nets for their banding program. A good day with a great group of volunteers and a nice mix of birds banded.

Banded 31
1 Black-billed Cuckoo
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Downey Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood Pewee
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Swainson’s Thrush
2 Gray Catbird
2 Warbling Vireo
7 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Tenessee Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Magnolia Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
6 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 53


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