September 9th – Continuing To Build

Just part of today’s crew – and all sporting the new HBO head apparel….readily available at the banding lab.


The changing conditions with a NE wind have got migrants….migrating. Our banding numbers continue to climb – modestly but still climbing. This is the time of year when you just don’t know what you might get and variety is the highest; today we banded 19 species and encountered 51 in total.

Banded 45:
1 Mourning Dove

Two Eastern Wood-pewees. The left-hand bird is a young (HY) bird – note the buffy wing bars and relatively fresh flight feathers. The right-hand bird is an older one (AHY) – note the white wing bars and more worn flight feathers. The adults of this species don’t go through a complete moult until they have returned to their wintering grounds. -SEF


5 Eastern Wood-pewee
1 Least Flycatcher

An uncommon visitor to Ruthven: Red-breasted Nuthatch. -SEF


1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 White-breasted Nuthatches
1 Eastern Bluebird
1 Veery
5 Swainson’s Thrushes
1 Gray Catbird
1 Cedar Waxwing
4 Red-eyed Vireos
2 Tennessee Warblers
2 Nashville Warblers

Very drab=looking Chestnut-sided Warbler. -SEF


1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
2 Magnolia Warblers

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler. -SEF


1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
2 American Redstarts

Young (HY) male American Redstart. -SEF


1 Ovenbird
1 Scarlet Tanager
10 American Goldfinches

William with “his” nuthatch. -SEF


ET’s: 51 spp.

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