It was a frosty windless morning to start, with clear skies, and stars twinkling. As the sun dawned, the clouds thickened, and the wind from the East got to be quite blustery and raw. No chorus frogs today! Itâ€™s too cold for those little critters. I saw only 5 Tree Swallows this morning, and wonder what has become of the many more that had returned 2 weeks ago. Thereâ€™s not much sign of insects about!
Golden Crowned Kinglets continue to move through in small flocks, with one Ruby Crowned to boot. The feeders bring in the seed eating birds, lots of Juncos and American Goldfinches.
Small gatherings of ducks were seen on the river, included (3) Common Merganser, (7) Wood Ducks, (2) Common Goldeneye and a lonely Mallard.
All in all it was a reasonably productive day, with 33 birds banded, and 15 retraps.
2 Brown Creepers
18 Golden-Crowned Kinglets
1 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
2 Slate Coloured Juncos
1 House Finch
9 American Gold Finches
2 Golden-Crowned Kinglets
10 Slate Coloured Juncos
3 American Goldfinches
Speaking of the Tree Swallows that returned two weeks ago, I found a dead Tree Swallow in Dundas Valley on Monday. It didn’t have any signs of physical injury. It seems likely that it starved to death.