Another glorious spring day at Ruthven. The nets were quiet to start, but the bird numbers picked up by mid morning, to end up with a good day. There were not great numbers of any one bird other than Yellow Warblers, but the variety kept things interesting.
The 2006 mosquito season is upon us!
Banded 34 birds as follows: 1 BCCH, 1 BGGN, 3 GRCA, 1 PHVI, (this season's first) 1 NAWA, 7 YWAR, 4 MAWA, 1 BAWW, 1 COYE, 1 RBGR, 1 INBU, 1 CHSP, 2 BAOR, 1 PISI (another first), 6 AMGO, and 2 OROR.
Retrapped 10 birds: 1 BRWA, 1 GRCA, 5 YWAR, 2 COYE, and 1 BAOR.
The Pine Siskin was a real surprise. We sometimes see them in the fall, but almost never in the spring.
The Brewster's Warbler was originally banded in May'02 and has been seen a couple of times every year since, for a total or 15 trappings.
2 of the Yellow Warbler retraps have not been seen since they were banded in '02, and '03.
A quiet day to start but it picked up as the day progressed and then cooled down as noon approached. Overall a better than expected day.
Banded: DOWO 1, LEFL 1, RCKI 2, VEER 4, SWTH 2, HETH 1. WOTH 4, AMRO 1, GRCA 5, YWAR 8, CSWA 1, MAWA 2, OVEN 3, COYE 4, LISP 9, SWSP 1, WTSP 14, GWCS 1, EWCS 7, RWBL 1, AMGO 1 = 73.