May 21st – Turkeys and Kleptomania

A warm, sunny day with a good variety of birds around and the first, almost tender, bite of the mosquito.

Blackpoll and Wilson’s Warblers were calling from several sites this morning before the wind came up and two new species for the season, Grey-Cheeked Thrush and Philadelphia Vireo, were recorded.

Oddly enough, Wild Turkeys put in many appearances throughout the day including – wandering around the cemetery, blundering into the groundskeepers, and fighting (turkey style, naturally) in the field across the creek. Such odd birds….

There was also a rash of kleptomaniac orioles at Ruthven. I watched one female Baltimore Oriole attempt to strip the duct tape fibre off of one of our net loops and saw another fly off with one of our cloth ties we use to tie the nets closed at the end of the day. Presumably there will be some interesting oriole nests soon.

Banded: 31
Magnolia Warbler 2
Tennessee Warbler 1
Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher 1
American Goldfinch 2
Wilson’s Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
House Wren 1
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Canada Warbler 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Cedar Waxwing 3
Grey-Cheeked Thrush 1
Song Sparrow 2
Swainson’s Thrush 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
Grey Catbird 3
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak 3

Retrapped: 22
Yellow Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Black-Capped Chickadee 1
Indigo Bunting 1
White-Breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown-Headed Cowbird 2
Song Sparrow 2
Orchard Oriole 1
Red-Winged Blackbird 1
Grey Catbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak 2
Northern Cardinal 1

63 species recorded.


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