Point Traverse Lighthouse by Blair Dudeck
Point Traverse Lighthouse by Blair Dudeck

2021 Sightings

Updates from Assistant Bander Jessica Bao

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.

La première semaine de mai était excitante. Avec le passage de nombreuses parulines, nous avons bagué 582 oiseaux et nous en sommes à 62 espèces pour l’instant ! Nous avons eu deux jours avec plus de 130 oiseaux bagués et nous avons cumulé 152 recaptures pour la semaine.

Principales espèces baguées : Bruant à gorge blanche, paruline à croupion jaune et une dernière vague de junco ardoisé et de roitelets à couronne rubis.

La première journée de la semaine 4 (2 mai) fut exceptionnelle en termes d’observations avec l’arrivée de nombreuses nouvelles parulines telles que la paruline jaune, la paruline à gorge noire, la paruline à collier, la paruline des pins, la paruline à gorge orangé, la paruline masqué, la paruline à couronne rousse, la paruline des ruisseaux ainsi qu’un vagrant rare, la paruline à gorge jaune.

Nouvelles espèces baguées cette semaine : Paruline à joue grise, paruline à gorge noire, paruline bleue, paruline noire et blanche, paruline à gorge orangé, paruline masqué, paruline jaune, paruline à flancs marron, paruline à tête cendré, paruline des pins, paruline tigré, grive à dos olive, grive des bois, cardinal à poitrine rose, moineau domestique.

Nous avons eu la chance de baguer un magnifique mâle Pyranga écarlate, une paruline à ailes dorées et quelques Orioles de Baltimore !

En termes d’observations générales, les parulines ont fréquenté la pointe tandis que les junco ardoisés se sont finalement déplacés vers le nord. Voici quelques-unes des espèces observées au cours de la semaine : paruline à ailes bleues, paruline à gorge jaune, bihoreau gris, merle bleu, colibri à gorge rubis, viréo à tête bleue, viréo mélodieux, grive des bois, héron vert.

Hello everyone, here is the May summary for the Spring season along with some pictures (Blue-winged warbler, Blue jay, Eastern kingbird, Eastern white-crowned sparrow, Hooded warbler female)

The Spring banding season has officially finished and we are off to the MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) season for the summer.

The month of May brought us plenty of warblers, flycatchers as well as thrushes with over 2769 birds banded! Here are some of the warblers banded this month: Tennessee warbler, Nashville warbler, Northern parula, Chestnut-sided warbler, Cape-may warbler, Black-throated green warbler, Black-throated blue warbler, Yellow-rumped warbler (Myrtle subspecies), Blackpoll warbler, Bay-breasted warbler, Blackburnian warbler, Black-and-white warbler, American redstart, Ovenbird, Northern waterthrush, Mourning warbler, Common yellowthroat, Wilson’s warbler, Canada warbler.

As for flycatchers, Yellow-bellied flycatcher’s and Least flycatcher’s were our most banded flycatchers with a good amount of Trail’s flycatchers (which are either a Willow or Alder flycatcher however, they are difficult to determine at the species level unless they are heard) and some Great-crested flycatchers in our nets.

In terms of thrushes, we banded over 100 Swainson’s thrushes this month, 100 Gray catbirds, some Hermit thrushes, Wood thrushes, Veery’s and American Robin’s.

We banded 256 birds on our biggest day! With 38 Blue-jays, 31 Swainson’s thrushes, 22 Magnolia warblers, 18 Yellow-bellied flycatchers, we had some fun extracting and banding 40-70 birds per net run for most of the morning 🙂

Over the course of the month, we had some very exciting surprises with the appearance of 3 Golden-winged warblers in our nets, a Blue-winged warbler, a Hooded warbler, an Orchard oriole and 10 Scarlet tanagers! Pine warblers, Savannah sparrows and Eastern kingbird’s were also great to have in the nets.

Our most banded birds this month were Blue jays at 363, Magnolia warblers at 228, and Yellow warblers at 171. Ruby-crowned kinglet’s were still flowing through the point over the course of the month with 145 individuals banded.

Other species encountered and banded this month: BHVI, PHVI, REVI, BCCH, HOWR, BRTH, CEDW, MODO, DOWO, HAWO, YSFL, EAWP, GCFL, RBNU, WBNU, BAOR, BHCO, COGR, RWBL, INBU, RBGR, NOCA, SCJU, EWCS, WTSP, SOSP, SWSP, FISP, LISP, FOSP, CHSP, EATO.

Our last day of banding was quite diverse with some flycatchers, warblers, vireos, thrushes and a Golden-crowned kinglet! We had a wonderful spring season with 3,716 birds banded of 82 species!