September 9th & 10th – Weekend Update

Male Blue-winged Warbler. -MMG

We had two days of absolutely beautiful late Summer weather. Nice for everyone…..except, of course, bird banders. Sure we got some nice birds, just not a lot of birds. Many migrants, in the absence of challenging conditions, just flew over. But it’s always nice to get thrushes; these made up almost 30% of the catch.

Comparison (from left to right): Gray-cheeked Thrush, Wood Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush. -MMG

Today we got the first two juvenile American Goldfinches of the Golden Horde that is about to come. Yesterday we got two retrap adults in the “hanging trap” that I had just put up about an hour before. Interestingly, these two birds had originally been caught in this trap in the Spring (it is very popular with our goldfinches). These birds recognized this important food source right away and immediately went to it.

September 9th; Banded 27:
1 Eastern Wood Pewee
3 House Wrens

Gray-cheeked Thrush. -I. Turjansky

1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
9 Swainson’s Thrushes
2 Gray Catbirds
2 Red-eyed Vireos
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Ovenbird
1 Northern Waterthrush

A late Scarlet Tanager (looking anything but scarlet!). -MMG

1 Scarlet Tanager
3 Indigo Buntings
1 Song Sparrow

September 10th; Banded 35:
3 House Wrens
1 Veery
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
6 Swainson’s Thrushes
2 Gray Catbirds
4 Red-eyed Vireos
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Magnolia Warblers
1 Western Palm Warbler
5 Blackpoll Warblers

Ovenbird -MMG

2 Ovenbirds
4 Common Yellowthroats
1 Song Sparrow
2 American Goldfinches

Photos (including a few from Friday):

Feeding flocks of Canada Geese are a common early morning sight at Ruthven. -I. Turjansky

White-breasted Nuthatch. -I. Turjansky

Tessa showing a visitor how to hold a bird in the “bander’s grip”. -I. Turjansky

This Blue-gray-Gnatcatcher (banded in the Spring) has just finished a complete moult. -MMG

Male Black & White Warbler in basic plumage. -MMG

Black-throated Green Warbler. -MMG

This stunning male Baltimore Oriole had just finished a complete moult. Soon it will be heading south. -MMG

Philadelphia Vireo. -MMG

Black-throated Green Warbler. -MMG

Eastern Comma. -P. Scholtens

Tessa checking out a House Wren. -I. Turjansky


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