May 24th – Second Wave?

The treat of the season: female Cerulean Warbler. -KMP

Just when I thought the season was winding down…..we had a busy day. Lots of bird activity around the site. The highlight would have to be the female Cerulean Warbler I found in net 4. We’ve only seen a few of these in our 25-year history here so any Cerulean that we get is a treat.

Cedar Waxwings. The male (on the right) is feeding the female. -MMG

Yesterday we banded only 1 Baltimore Oriole but today they were back with a vengeance – we banded 12 bringing our total up to 110, just seven shy of the record that was set last year.

Covid-19 has greatly reduced the number of people using the park. One of the readily noticeable results is the number of animals that we see. Deer are birthing their fawns within 300 meters of the banding lab; raccoons and foxes are around; there’s beaver in the river. Good things are happening. Just have to get rid of those pesky humans…..

Just finding its legs. -MMG

Banded 53:
1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
3 Traill’s Flycatchers
2 House Wrens
1 Veery
3 Gray Catbirds
1 European Starling
1 Warbling Vireo
2 Yellow-throated Vireos
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Tennessee Warbler
9 Yellow Warblers
1 Cerulean Warbler
2 Chestnut-sided Warblers

Female Chestnut-sided Warbler. -MMG

2 Magnolia Warblers
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
2 American Redstarts
1 Northern Waterthrush
2 Common Yellowthroats
1 Wilson’s Warbler
1 Scarlet Tanager
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
1 Song Sparrow
12 Baltimore Orioles

ET’s: 68 spp.

Male Blackpoll Warbler in the front of the Mansion. -KMP

Male Cedar Waxwing – note the black chin and relatively wide yellow terminal band on the tail. -KMP

I wonder how many hidden creatures – like this raccoon – keep track of our passage through the woods. -KMP

A just-born fawn hesitantly making its way in the world. -KMP

We think these are map turtles – a species at risk – just across the river. -KMP

Quite likely the larger deer in behind is the mother of the two fawns. -MMG

Field Sparrow gathering nesting material. -MMG

Female Yellow Warbler with nesting material. -MMG

Green Frogs. -MMG

Nothern Parula. -MMG

Phlox phestoons the forest paths. -MMG

Swainson’s Thrush. -MMG

It’s been a productive breeding season for American Toads. -MMG


1 thought on “May 24th – Second Wave?

  1. Thanks so much for your blog Rick I so miss being able to see all the spring migrants. Maybe we will be able to join you again in the future. I just wanted you to know how much you were appreciated.

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