May 27th, 2008

REMINDER: There will be no banding on Wednesday morning, May 28th.

An overcast day with the threat of both rain and exsanguination – the latter from the local mosquitoes. Blackpoll Warblers and Empid Flycatchers were everywhere at dawn, but moved on by mid-morning.

A total of 68 species were recorded during the day.

Banded: 51
American Redstart 1
Chestnut-Sided Warbler 2
Wilson’s Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 6
Alder Flycatcher 4
Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher 2
Blackpoll Warbler 7
Least Flycatcher 1
Canada Warbler 3
Traill’s Flycatcher 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Red-Eyed Vireo 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Cedar Waxwing 9
Swainson’s Thrush 1
Grey Catbird 7
American Robin 1

Retrapped: 17
Yellow Warbler 4
Chipping Sparrow 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Brown-Headed Cowbird 5
Orchard Oriole 1
White-Breasted Nuthatch 1
Song Sparrow 1
Grey Catbird 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1 (banded as a HY in 2002)
Red-Winged Blackbird 1 (banded as a SY in 2004)


Here are a few pictures from May 25th and May 27th. Click the thumbnails for a larger image.

An after second year male Orchard Oriole, banded on the 25th.

A male Eastern Bluebird, handled on the 25th.

A couple shots of Brian and Rick banding Eastern Phoebe nestlings. The Phoebes have nested on the front of the Ruthven mansion.
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A second-year male Wilson’s Warbler. Note the contrast between the recently-replaced greater coverts and the relatively old primary coverts.

A few shots of a second-year male Canada Warbler. Again, note the contrast between the recently-replaced greater coverts (greyish) and the relatively old primary coverts and tertials (more brownish).
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A few photos of a second year male Blackpoll Warbler. The contrast between the the recently-replaced blackish greater coverts and the relatively old brownish primary coverts is quite apparent on this bird, even without the wing extended.
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