September 21st – Warm and Blustery

A light south wind had been blowing during the night – a headwind for migrants – and it was overcast on and off throughout the morning; this is usually good weather for banding at Ruthven. However, the wind picked up quickly, billowing the nets and filling them with leaves so our catch was more limited. Even so, we had pretty good numbers (for the conditions) and young Lukian Husak demonstrated that he could contribute by scribing – he did a great job!

Although we only had 22 species on the census, we had 53 species overall. The new net, 1A (“Nancy’s net”) accounted for 32 (41%) of the birds caught today. Nice going Nancy (and I think Christine had a hand in this as well). Whereas the 2 new nets that I came up with (8X & 8R) produced exactly….nothing. Nice going Rick (and I think Chris had a hand in this as well…).

Banded 55:
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 Brown Creepers
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet (1st for the season)
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
3 Swainson’s Thrushes
2 Gray Catbirds
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Philadelphia Vireo
3 Red-eyed Vireos
1 Tennessee Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Magnolia Warblers
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 American Redstart
1 Scarlet Tanager
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
3 Chipping Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
2 Purple Finches
7 House Finches
12 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 24:
1 Eastern Wood Pewee
6 Black-capped Chickadees
1 Eastern Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
1 Carolina Wren
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 American Redstart
1 Common Yellowthroat
3 Chihpping Sparrows
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 House Finch
4 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 53 spp.


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