May 17th – A Random Act of Kindness

On Saturday, Joyce Litster, secretary of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, was out and noticed that our retrap cards (1,000’s of cards with data on birds we retrap year after year) were mostly in cardboard boxes haphazardly piled on one of the tables. A while back she had purchased a number of metal card filing cabinets with the thought that they might be of use to someone someday. So she brought them in this morning, refiled all the cards into their new boxes and even labelled them all. That part of the room now looks a heck of a lot nicer and we can find the cards much more easily. Thanks Joyce!

Migrants continue to move through in small but steady numbers. Flycatchers, Gray Catbirds and warblers were quite noticeable – we encountered 13 species of warblers on the day. New birds for the year were: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Vesper Sparrow (although they are common in the area, we rarely see them in the banding area).

Also had an interesting retrap: a Baltimore Oriole, banded as AHY in May 2004, making it at least 7 years old now.

Banded 44:
1 Eastern Wood Pewee
1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
5 Least Flycatchers
8 Gray Catbirds
1 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Blue-winged Warblers
2 Yellow Warblers
2 Magnolia Warblers
2 Black-throated Blue Warblers
3 Myrtle Warblers
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
3 American Redstarts
1 Northern Waterthrush
3 Common Yellowthroats
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 indigo Bunting
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Vesper Sparrow
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 Baltimore Orioles

Retrapped 20:
2 Blue Jays
1 House Wren
1 Gray Catbird
3 Yellow Warblers
1 Canada Warbler
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
2 Song Sparrows
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
2 Brown-headed Cowbirds
4 Baltimore Orioles
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 64 spp.


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