May 29th – The Dregs

Dreamland…… -S. LaFleur

We’re down to the bottom of the barrel, the end of the line, the bitter end…..I can hear the Fat Lady starting to sing. We only banded 14 birds today. Now some of them were still migrants ( we banded Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, and Wilson’s Warblers and a Blackburnian was seen on census) but we’re just about done. It would be interesting to know if these late migrants breed successfully this year or will arrive too late.

Glee. -KAR

Banded 14:
1 Traill’s Flycatcher (probably these are Willow Flycatchers as they are singing around the site)
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroats
2 Wilson’s Warblers

Male Wilson’s Warbler. -CHS

1 Indigo Bunting
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow

ET’s: 60 spp. (including a VERY uncommon Red-headed Woodpecker)

Photo Gallery: (Some of these shots are from previous days. To cover this up I like to wear the same T-shirt multiple days in a row so you think it’s the same day……)

Amy with a Yellow Warbler. -B. Fotheringham (not to be confused with R. Fotheringham)

Kim explains to Billie and Heather why this Swainson’s Thrush is…..just that. -B. Fotheringham

Taking a brake from turtles, Billie releases a Swainson’s Thrush. -B. Fotheringham

Conferring with Marnie on the age and sex of this Magnolia Warbler. -B. Fotheringham

Going through Pyle with Samuel to age a cuckoo. -B. Fotheringham

Bane of the net lanes: June Bug. C’mon! It’s only May! -CHS

Note the tick just in front of the eye of this Common Yellowthroat. -CHS

Caleb uses his great height to look down on this Luna Moth. -CHS

Robin nest. -CHS

Teaching extraction. -KAR

Recaptured a Baltimore Oriole today that was at least 9 years old. -KAR

Here’s a question for you: how can you swallow when you’re standing on your head? -KAR

Rufous wing panel of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. -KAR

Yellow-throated Vireo – a treetop singer and not often caught in the nets. -KAR

Lovely shot of a Pied-billed Grebe taken by Karen Petrie. (It wasn’t at Ruthven)… -K. Petrie

Bluebird pair on Indiana Road. -S. LaFleur

About those moths:
Judy Robins chimed in: I just can’t pass up a good ID quiz. After a lengthy swim in my field guide, I’ve come away with the following:

Mystery Moth #1. If you know what it is, please let me know. -I. Turjansky

Mystery moth #1: Male Io moth—he’s hiding some striking eye spots under those forewings (and would have made an ID much easier if he’d been accommodating enough to show them);

Mystery Moth #2. -I. Turjansky

Mystery moth #2: Hickory Tussock Moth—host trees include ash, elm, hickory, maple. Caterpillar form packs a poisonous punch.

Thanks Judy!

NOT a Cecropia Moth. -S. Ford

And then Caleb Scholtens let me know (diplomatically) that the Cecropia Moth was, in fact, a Polyphemus Moth. (Of course! What was I thinking!?)

And from Fern Hill – Burlington:

Tree Swallow nestlings. -KAP

Today at the school we had a relatively slow day bandingwise with a total of 8 birds banded of 3 species. We banded:

5 Gray Catbirds
1 Yellow Warbler
2 American Goldfinches

Older female American Goldfinch. -KAP

ET’s: 46 spp.

The highlights of the day include our first Great Crested Flycatcher of the year, our first Belted Kingfisher, and two very vocal and active Eastern Kingbirds flirting about throughout the day. Also spotted a number of times throughout the day were ravens crossing back and forth above the school. During a class with my grade two students we discovered that the first of the tree swallow chicks have hatched in our nestboxes. We all agreed they look like jellybeans. Here’s hoping for a good nesting season!

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