28 October 2014 – trapped Orange-crowned Warbler

I found this feisty little warbler at the southwest alcove and released him to a nearby oak where he flew pretty strongly from my hand, scolding me the entire time.  Although it looks pretty Tennessee-y, the yellow undertail coverts you can’t see in the photos indicate Orange-crowned (although I’m happy to be corrected on that by those who might have more experience with these species).

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24 October 2014 – no casualties, but then a cardinal

First, I’ll report today that the Nashville Warbler carcass is no longer in evidence.  That one lasted 9 days out in the open on a patch of lawn where it was stepped on, run over, etc. likely multiple times.

Next is a bit of a pickle – I conducted my daily survey about 7:45 this morning, just as the sun was rising.  There were no casualties.  About 2 hours later, I received word that a cardinal had expired at the north entrance.  Strictly speaking and for an analysis of my observer detection rate, I should not include the bird as a datum from my surveys.  This would instead be a case of me coming back tomorrow to potentially find the bird were it to last the roughly 24 hrs between surveys.

Personally, I’m more interested in reporting as completely as I can what birds show up at the NRC.  With Homecoming Weekend upon us, I’m not confident that the bird would have lasted in place until tomorrow morning, so I went to collect it and here it is.  This bird marks the 34th casualty of 2014.

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16 October 2014 – bonus Nashville Warbler

Although I found no casualties on this survey, the sharp eyes of undergrad Alicia Maple found one for me later in the day, and I’ve decided to include it.  Alicia found the bird on the lawn in a spot outside my normal survey area on the south side of the building.  It’s a Nashville Warbler, and it is located approximately 18m from the nearest glass pane on the Noble Research Center.  As I was walking up to photograph it, I watched a fellow on the landscaping crew run over the carcass with a riding lawnmower.

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Given the bird’s poor condition, I’ve decided to leave it in situ for a scavenging trial.

13 October 2014 – Lincoln’s Sparrow and Carolina Chickadee

Here we are in another autumn migration with birds showing up dead at the south entrance.  It was certainly a shame to see this vibrant bird (fat = 3) cut down and reduced to ant food on a brick walkway beneath the serenade of befouling starlings under the eaves of the Noble Research Center.  This bird might have started its life in some glorious boreal bog in Canada.

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With an origin likely somewhere in Stillwater, this Carolina Chickadee (fat = 2) was the second casualty today.  This bird was at the bottom of the stairwell at the northeast alcove, providing further evidence that our skunk, if local, is not very good at this scavenging thing.

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12 October 2014 – Grasshopper Sparrow

Grad assistant Corey Riding checked on the Noble Research Center today.  He found some Clay-colored Sparrows by the main north entrance but they didn’t seemed trapped.  In the northeast alcove he found this Grasshopper Sparrow, as well as a skunk that might have been interested in scavenging it.

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