May 28th – Drawing Down

Killdeer chick. A happy result of Covid-19 – the parking lot where the adult had her nest was little bothered by traffic. -HV

It’s feeling like Summer: heat and almost no new migrants moving through. I had to work hard to squeeze the 14 birds out of the bushes for banding. To make up for this lack, Yellow-billed Cuckoos flitted about the site giving us good views every now and again. And Red-eyed Vireos and Eastern Wood-pewees are calling now in good numbers – another sign that Summer is here.

One of at least four Yellow-billed Cuckoos that were around the site this morning. -HV

Banded 14:
2 Traill’s Flycatchers
2 Gray Catbirds
4 Red-eyed Vireos

We’ve been getting Red-eyed Vireos in just the past few days. -HV

3 Yellow Warblers
1 Indigo Bunting

Brilliant male Indigo Bunting. -HV

1 Song Sparrow
1 Baltimore Oriole (pushing the record to 121)

ET’s: 55 spp.

Anxious parent with one of four chicks. -HV

Check local hayfields to find Bobolinks. -MMG

A young (SY) male Common Yellowthroat signalling his territory limits. -HV


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