April 13th – 15th: Catching Up

Only the 2nd Savannah Sparrow banded here at the Farm – but both this year. They seem to be liking the new “meadow”. AG

We’ve had a string of unusually hot days for this time of year. The bird activity seems to have slowed down but there’s been a small infusion of new birds each day. And while we’ve been catching and banding birds we’ve been trying to continue the work of turning the site into a more bird-friendly habitat: taking down buckthorn and some walnuts and planting dogwoods and a few other trees. If you haven’t seen the site since last year, you wouldn’t recognize it now.

April 13th – Banded 23:
2 American Robins
10 Cedar Waxwings (found a flock of them in Net 1 at closing time)

Wing of an ASY male Cedar Waxwing showing 8 waxy tips. -DOL

3 Dark-eyed Juncos
4 Song Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 Red-winged Blackbirds
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
Species Count: 28

April 14th – Banded 18:
1 Hairy Woodpecker

Diane with a male Hairy Woodpecker – first of the year. -DOL

1 Northern Flicker

Male (note the black moustache) Northern flicker -DOL

1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Male Ruby-crowned Kinglet -DOL

1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 American Robin
4 American Goldfinches
1 Field Sparrow (1st of the year)

Field Sparrow – the pink bill is a giveaway. DOL

1 American Tree Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
2 White-throated Sparrows

White-throated Sparrow. -DOL

1 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 Common Grackles
Species Count: 40

April 15 – Banded 21:
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 American Robin
2 American Goldfinches
3 Dark-eyed Juncos
1 Savannah Sparrow
2 Song Sparrows
2 Swamp Sparrows
3 Red-winged Blackbirds
3 Brown-headed Cowbirds
2 Myrtle Warblers
1 Northern Cardinal

Young or SY male Myrtle Warbler -AG

Older or ASY male Myrtle Warbler -SHL

Why it is called a Yellow-rumped Warbler or Butter Butt . -SHL

Species Count: 42

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