10 July 2015 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird

I found an Archilochus hummingbird this morning at the northwest alcove.
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The ants had already gotten to the bird, thereby complicating identification and encouraging me to leave it in place. The tail length and shape of p-6 suggest the more likely Ruby-throated Hummingbird, but the wing tips struck me as clubby and curved. Without better information to suggest otherwise, I’m recording this one as Ruby-throated.

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21 June 2015 – Tufted Titmouse

As reported for May 30 2015, I had observed the beginnings of a pattern when I found the very first window-killed Tufted Titmouse on this project.  That was the second titmouse I’d found on campus during the last week of May, and both were females with brood patches.  In early June of this year, Corey Riding let me know that he had found a Carolina Chickadee dead at Ag Hall – that bird, too, was a female with brood patch.

Today, that emerging pattern got a bit fuzzier when I found just the second dead Tufted Titmouse at the NRC since daily monitoring began in 2009.  This one was an ASY male with fat = 0 in the southwest alcove. So much for patterns, at least that one.

I left this bird in place where it lasted until Thursday, June 25.

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