The first week of May has been an exciting ride. With plenty of warblers moving through, we banded 582 birds and we are up to 62 species as of yet! We had two days with over 130 birds banded and we cumulated 152 recaptures for the week.
Top species banded: White-throated sparrows, Yellow-rumped warbler and a last stretch of Slate-coloured junco’s and Ruby-crowned kinglets.
The first day of week 4 (May 2nd) was exceptional in terms of observations with plenty of new warblers trickling in such as the Yellow warbler, the Black-throated green warbler, the Northern Parula, the Pine warbler, the Blackburnian warbler, the Common yellowthroat, the Palm warbler, the Northern waterthrush as well as a rare vagrant, the Yellow-throated warbler.
New species banded this week: Nashville warbler, Black-throated green warbler, Black-throated blue warbler, Black-and-white warbler, Blackburnian warbler, Common yellowthroat, Yellow warbler, Chestnut-sided warbler, Magnolia warbler, Pine warbler, Cape-may warbler, Swainson’s thrush, Wood thrush, Rose-breasted grosbeak, House sparrow.
We were exceptionally lucky to have banded a beautiful older Scarlet tanager male, a Golden-winged warbler and some Baltimore orioles!
In terms of general observations, warblers have been in and out of the point while Slate-coloured junco’s have finally moved on. Here are some of the species observed over the course of the week: Blue-winged warbler, Yellow-throated warbler, Black-crowned night heron, Eastern bluebird, Ruby-throated hummingbird, Blue-headed vireo, Warbling vireo, Wood thrush, Green heron.