August 15th, 2008

Storms dumped 22 mm of rain (mixed with hail in Brantford) overnight at Ruthven Park. As more was scheduled it was with some trepidation I set out to band this morning with dramatic flashes of lightning on the horizon. As it turns out I needn’t have worried, the rain and hail didn’t hit me until I got out of the car at home at the end of the day….

A fairly quiet day, but there is distinct evidence that fall migration is heating up with the appearance of the first Yellow-Bellied Flycatchers of the fall season. Also banded was an adult male Golden-Winged Warbler (2nd of the year) and a juvenile male American Kestrel (first of the year – possibly a Ruthven first too).

The mosquito swarm continues unabated.

Banded: 22
Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher 3
Golden-Winged Warbler 1
House Wren 2
Black-Capped Chickadee 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Ovenbird 1
Song Sparrow 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Grey Catbird 4
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-Bellied Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1

Retrapped: 3
Black-Capped Chickadee 2
House Wren 1


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