April 21st – Of Bluebirds and Cherry Blossoms

Another spectacular sunny, windless spring day in the park, with many wildflowers in bloom. There is a cherry tree in full bloom just North of the Mansion, and both yesterday and today a vibrant male Eastern Bluebird has been sitting in one of the lower branches hunting from this perch. What a stunning sight! And did I have a camera with me? No.

Banded 14:
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
2 American Robins
1 Northern Cardinal
2 Chipping Sparrows
1 Field Sparrow
1 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
4 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 7:
1 Tree Swallow
1 House Wren
1 American Robin
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
1 American Goldfinch

2 retrapped birds have an interesting history. Both the Tree Swallow and the House Wren were banded as hatchlings in Nest boxes on the grounds in 2008. We saw the House Wren last year, but the Tree Swallow has not been encountered since.


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