Weekly Update: May 16 - 22

Northern Parula by volunteer Juan Zuloaga

The birds just keep on coming, with new arrivals showing up every day. The White-throated Sparrows, Myrtle Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets are almost gone now. There has been a huge wave of Swainson’s Thrushes, with some Grey-cheeked Thrushes for good measure. We have ticked off most of the warblers now, and my personal favorite was a sexy male Blackburnian Warbler. Surprisingly though, one of the most exciting birds we have caught was a common, everyday Blue Jay. We see them occasionally during migration, but they rarely make it into our nets.

Volunteers are finding more and more nests of American Robins, Song Sparrows, and now a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest. It was rather amusing to watch a pair of these tiny birds dive-bombing a singing Red-winged Blackbird, which continued in spite of their oh-so-scary tactics. There has also been a pair of Northern Rough-winged Swallows hanging around the parking lot, spending the days investigating the tail pipes of various cars. It is quite possible that they have been forced to move from their previous nest location, a bank that collapsed a few days ago. Hopefully they will find somewhere new to call home.

We hope to see lots of faces at our Spring Songbird Festival, tomorrow at Tommy Thompson from 7:00 to 4:00. There will be lots of bird hikes, banding demos and fascinating talks on ornithology and conservation.


New Arrivals

Tennessee Warbler, Cliff Swallow, Black-bellied Plover, Eastern Wood Pewee, Blackpoll Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Canada Warbler, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-eyed Vireo, Mourning Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Black-billed Cuckoo, Philadelphia Vireo

Banding Totals

Eastern Wood Pewee 2

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2

“Traill’s” Flycatcher 3

Least Flycatcher 5

Great-crested Flycatcher 1

Eastern Kingbird 3

Blue Jay 1

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

Veery 6

Gray-cheeked Thrush 7

Swainson’s Thrush 42

American Robin 2

Gray Catbird 13

Philadelphia Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 1

Tennessee Warbler 2

Nashville Warbler 4

Northern Parula 2

Yellow Warbler 16

Chestnut-sided Warbler 2

Magnolia Warbler 9

Cape May Warbler 1

Black-throated Blue Warbler 3

Myrtle Warbler 19

Black-throated Green Warbler 1

Blackburnian Warbler 1

Western Palm Warbler 2

Bay-breasted Warbler 1

Blackpoll Warbler 5

Black-and-white Warbler 1

American Redstart 11

Ovenbird 1

Northern Waterthrush 2

Mourning Warbler 4

Common Yellowthroat 16

Wilson’s Warbler 5

Canada Warbler 1

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

Field Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 2

Swamp Sparrow 1

Lincoln’s Sparrow 5

White-throated Sparrow 2

White-crowned Sparrow 1

Red-winged Blackbird 3

Rusty Blackbird 1

Brown-headed Cowbird 3

Baltimore Oriole 4

American Goldfinch 14