April 30th – And So it Begins…..

For the first time in a week we had a southerly flow of air! No bitter north winds today. The overnight low was a balmy +10C. And although we did not catch many birds, we did get some new species for the spring, including the first Nashville and Yellow Warblers.

I had two keen young birders shadow me this morning, Luk (11yrs) and Zak (9yrs) Husak from Hamilton. I was really impressed with their identification skills, and hope that they will be back. Banders in the making!

Banded 15:
1 Tree Swallow
1 Carolina Wren
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Yellow Rumped Warblers
6 Chipping Sparrows
2 Field Sparrows
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 American Goldfinch

Retrapped 22:1 Tree Swallow
2 Black-capped Chickadees
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 Chipping Sparrows
1 Field Sparrow
2 Song Sparrows
1 White-throated Sparrow
5 Slate-colored Juncos
2 Brown-headed Cowbirds
4 American Goldfinches

New birds for the season: Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Spotted Sandpiper, Bank Swallow.

ET’s: 50 spp

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