October 3rd – Slow, Slow, Slow

At Ruthven:
The title says it all …. Clear skies and warm temperatures for a
beautiful day but quiet in regards to the number of birds handled. A
handful of Cedar Waxwings at closing to help swell the numbers but
overall, a slow day.

Swamp Sparrow. -NRF

Banded 29
1 House Wren
6 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Gray Catbird
9 Cedar Waxwing
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Field Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
4 White-throated Sparrow
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 37

Devika learning to scribe (and doing a great job!). -KAP

Fern Hill Oakville:
It was even slower at Fern Hill Oakville – once the early morning leaving of the roost by local American Robins was over. In anticipation of this I had decided to count “Gashawks” (airplanes) throughout the morning; I was curious about how much traffic there was in the skies over the area. When we knocked off around 1:30 we had a total of 76 Gashawks! (And I’m sure we missed quite a few when we were actually banding, checking nets, etc.). That’s a lot of planes! We also counted 22 Monarch Butterflies moving SW.

Banded 7:

House Wren. -KAP

1 House Wren
3 American Robins
2 Song Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow

Oakville got a Swamp Sparrow as well. -KAP

ET’s: 26 spp. (excluding Gashawks)

Thomas keeping an eye on his pet Hover Fly. -KAP


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