Migration monitoring is serious work. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. We had a great group of volunteers out today, many of whom (despite the youth of some) have been coming to Ruthven for 8 or more years. And with that level of experience, things get done well but seemingly effortlessly and everyone has a good time, caught up in the camaraderie.
Birds were on the move. We encountered 7 “new” species for the year: Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Belted Kingfisher, Purple Martin, Chipping Sparrow, Purple Finch, and Pine Siskin. Further, we handled 71 birds: 35 banded and 36 retraps.
The Purple Martins were an interesting story: Nancy, Anne, and Faye put up the nesting gourd array and fastened the doors on the aluminum boxes in readiness for their arrival which we were expecting in another 3 or 4 days. Within an hour of going up Purple Martins appeared and my hunch is that we will see martins every day now until they finish breeding and head south, sometime in early August.
1 Blue Jay
5 Golden-crowned Kinglets
1 Northern Cardinal
7 American Tree Sparrows
8 Song Sparrows
8 Dark-eyed Juncos
1 Purple Finch
4 American Goldfinches
Species List: 46 spp (our highest count to date)