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IPBO, Spring Migration Monitoring, Week 4

Maria and Rachael, dedicated volunteers!
Steve (of lucky rabbit fame) and Maria
Female Black-throated Blue Warbler
Wood Thrush
Flocks of Blue Jays were seen frequently overhead and on the 15th May we caught and banded 5 in the nets at swamp. All were second year birds. We reached the halfway point of SMMP on the 16th May and were asking ourselves where are all the birds? Is migration slow everywhere this year? Wood Thrush arrived this week. The 17th May saw an influx of Baltimore Orioles, we caught 10, two of which had been banded here in 2007. They were a nice mix of ages and sexes thus enabling the volunteers to make direct comparisons between males and females and second-year and after-second year birds.

Coyote on the grass outside – saw him a few evenings

The highlight of this years SMMP for the people present on the 18th May was excellent views of a Red-headed Woodpecker, followed shortly after by close views of a Scarlet Tanager. We had a total of 59 birds on EDT that day but only captured 15 birds. We were completely rained out on the 19th May and were unable to open any nets. Wilsons Warbler and Red-eyed Vireo arrived this week.

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