Migration Monitoring – May 20th, 2007

Overnight rain and the threat of continued showers made for a grey, ominous day. The dawn chorus was raucous with Blackpoll, Wilson’s, Chestnut-Sided, Canada, and Black-and-White Warblers all contributing to the din. Like yesterday the first few net rounds yielded a decent number of birds, which ceased abruptly by 9:00am. Sixty-seven species were recorded at Ruthven throughout the day.

There were a number of human visitors as well, including a prophetic stop by a pair of young para-normal enthusiasts. By the time they came to the station things were truly dead….

Banded: 33
Chestnut-Sided Warbler 2
Magnolia Warbler 3
Tennessee Warbler 1
Wilson’s Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 1
Least Flycatcher 2
Black-and-White Warbler 2
House Wren 1
Yellow Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 3
Indigo Bunting 2
Song Sparrow 1
Veery 1
Eastern White-Crowned Sparrow 1
Grey Catbird 3
Wood Thrush 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
Northern Cardinal 1
European Starling 1
Blue Jay 1

Retrapped: 23
Yellow Warbler 8
Baltimore Oriole 3
Warbling Vireo 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Red-Eyed Vireo 1
Grey Catbird 2
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak 4
Brown-Headed Cowbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 2


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