May 6th – A Nice Variety

The first Blue-winged Warbler we’ve encountered at the Farm since we started. A second year female. -DOL

There wasn’t much happening in the cool early morning (I hope you all caught the gorgeous sunrise!). But as it warmed up, birds began to move and we lucked into some really nice ones. The female Blue-winged Warbler we caught was the first one for this site. [Interestingly, Sam was talking about them on Saturday, how nice it would be to see one, and… it was! I’ve asked him to keep thinking/talking about unusual species to see if he can conjure them up in real life.]

Passing off a “biter” to Michelle Karam, head honcho and driving force with Land Care Niagara…and an old friend. –

We didn’t band a lot of birds – 26 = but we banded a nice variety: 15 species. We also handled another 14 retraps. We had a group of visitors from Land Care Niagara that were very interested in the ecology of the site and in banding itself – it was a “bird banding workshop” I found out later. We caught birds at a rate that allowed us to spend the time to teach/learn and the variety simply maintained excitement and interest.

Banded 26:
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 House Wren
2 Cedar Waxwings
1 American Goldfinch
1 White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow. -DOL

1 White-throated Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrows
3 Red-winged Blackbirds
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 Blue-winged Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroats
1 Northern Parula

1 Yellow Warbler
1 Western Palm Warbler
7 Myrtle Warblers
ET’s: 40 spp.

Mike with a Western Palm Warbler.

Sarah with her first banded bird: Yellow Warbler.

Katja with one of two Cedar waxwings we banded today.


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