Saturday April 15, 2017: 176 new birds of 17 species, 11 recaps. 11 new species: Eastern Phoebe, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Yellow Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird. Bird of the day was Ruby-crowned Kinglet with 65 new bands, followed by Black-capped Chickadee with 49 new bands.
What an awesome opening day! Four intrepid volunteers opened the nets and were delighted with a busy day full of kinglets and chickadees. In contrast to yesterday, most of the kinglets today were Ruby- instead of Golden-crowned Kinglets. Yesterday, we banded 24 GCKI and only 4 RCKI, but today the fortunes were reversed with another 24 GCKI but a whopping 65 RCKI. All but one of the RCKI were males, indicating that there are still lots of Ruby-crowned yet to come.
Around hour 4, we were delighted (and surprised!) when Ryan showed up a week early. He’ll unfortunately only be here for two weeks this spring, as he is needed back home to work on the farm. Make sure to stop by early and say hi to our favorite research assistant!