Thane Maynard, Director of Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, author and host of NPR’s 90-Second Naturalist will be the Keynote Speaker at the Queen City Bird Festival, Saturday, May 15, 2010. An avid birder, Thane will share is love of nature and hope for all animals at 4pm. Click here for more information.
We will not be banding birds at any of our banding stations in Ohio this summer. Instead, Dave & Jill Russell will be teaching at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and volunteering at the Alaska Bird Observatory.
This handsome Nelson’s was a pleasant surprise at Miami Whitewater Park, Shakertrace Wetlands on Thursday. We’ll be banding there again Sunday morning, so come on out and join us!
Yesterday was a phenominal day at the banding station at Hueston Woods State Park. On our first net run of the morning, we got a White-eyed Vireo (above). The very next run produced the quartet of Vireo’s below. Can you name them?
Top Row (L to R): Yellow-throated & Philadelphia, Bottom Row (L to R): Red-eyed & Blue-headed. Wow! What an amazing photograph!!!
AREI is proud to sponsor the first beginning birder Birding Blitz Weekend at Hueston Woods State Park, Friday October 2 through Sunday October 4th, 2009.
A group campground has been reserved, so bring the family and pitch a tent. The schedule is as follows:
Birding Blitz Weekend
- Friday night owling with folks from Raptor, Inc.
- Saturday morning bird banding of fall migrants (Dave & Jill Russell)
- Saturday afternoon beginning birding workshop (Dave Russell)
- Saturday evening, talk and bird skinning with Herman Mays, Zoology Curator at the Cincinnati Natural History Museum
- Saturday night, bonfire, bat netting and bug black lighting (Jeff Brown & the Russells)
- Sunday, sparrow banding at Miami Whitewater Shakertrace Wetlands – this is the most exciting time to band at Shakertrace – we get over 200 birds and you can hold them and really study them. (we are in the peak of sparrow migration)!
If you are interested in attending the Birding Blitz Weekend, PLEASE CONTACT KATHY MCDONALD THIS WEEK. She needs to turn in a head count for food, etc. Kathy’s number: 513.941.6497
Today we had a tremendous ending to what has been an amazingly slow week! After banding a total of 21 birds (and recapturing 9) in two previous mornings this week in the field (Tues and Wed), we finally had some bird movement today banding 17 (and recapturing 17). The highlight by far was a second-year (SY) male Cerulean Warbler—our first ever and our 35 warbler species!! The only regularly occurring species we have never banded is Yellow-throated—and they nest at the banding station! In addition to the Cerulean, we banded a nice SY male Mourning, a SY male American Redstart, a SY Northern Waterthrush (I thought they were all done!) Amazingly we continue to band Gray Catbirds, three more unbanded birds hit the nets this morning-seven this week although our resident birds (at least the females) all appear to be in the midst of nesting (on eggs) with well developed brood patches. More photos here.
We had a great turn out at the 2nd Queen City Bird Festival this weekend at Hueston Woods State Park, OH. Attendance was double from last year, and apart from some stormy weather on Saturday, folks came out for both Saturday and Sunday activities! Click here to see a summary of the Queen City Bird Festival 2009.
Dave has posted a new banding summary page for today’s banding at Hueston Woods. Check out the summary and a few pictures at the banding summary page.
The Queen City Birders Club went to Spring Valley Nature Center Saturday in search of Rails.
It was a beautiful day, and we all got a good look at a Sora. We heard Virginia Rails, but couldn’t get a glimpse of one.
After leaving the Boardwalk, we headed down to the lower parking lot and to the bike trail. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were everywhere!
We moved to the beach at Ceasar’s Creek, but too many people to see much in the way of bird species.
Down in the gorge, across from the Visitors Center, we got good looks at Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Brian saw a Black & White Warbler. Wildflowers were just amazing… like this Dutchman’s britches.
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Sr. Marty and I moved our nets from the woods behind the cemetary up to the hillside between the Motherhouse and the Ohio River today.
We put 7 nets up on the hilltop and one net up in the courtyard, and were so busy that it was 11am before we knew it! It was very exciting to get something other than CACH and ETTI’s in the nets. Sr. Lois and her sister Donna spent the morning with us and were a great help! Sure hope they keep coming to the banding station.
We’ll be banding every Thursday until May 1st at CBO, so please drop by and visit!