Fall Migration Monitoring: October 26 - November 12

It was such a mild, beautiful fall this year. Bird activity really slowed down during the last few weeks, but we did have a surprise on November 3rd when we captured a Northern Shrike. It took some sneaky maneuvers to take it out of the net without being sliced!

Northern Shrike (Brett Tryon)

Banding Totals

Eastern Phoebe 1

Black-capped Chickadee 4

Brown Creeper 13

Winter Wren 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 85

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15

Hermit Thrush 28

American Robin 2

Northern Cardinal 13

Eastern Towhee 2

American Tree Sparrow 25

Fox Sparrow 5

Song Sparrow 1

Swamp Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow 7

White-crowned Sparrow 3

Dark-eyed Junco 17

Northern Shrike 2

Total 226

American Tree Sparrow (volunteer Charlotte England)

It finally started to feel like winter was on its way during the last week, with strong winds and frost on the ground. Most of the land bird activity we noted was in the form of flyovers, mainly Pine Siskins, American Pipits, Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and huge flocks of blackbirds. On the last two days we didn't catch a single bird!

On the final day of Migration Monitoring we were visited by a Tundra Swan, which was spotted by a volunteer off of the North shore. We all gathered with the scope and watched in delight as it paddled in closer and closer, until it was within a couple of meters of us. It was nice to actually see the field marks that are described in the field guides, especially the distinctive yellow spot on the bill. Eventually it wandered off and then suddenly took flight, issuing a rattling call reminiscent of a Sanhill Crane.
Fall migration really "flew by" this year! Thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers who make this possible. We will be open again for on April 1 through June 9. Until then, enjoy your winter birding and happy holidays!