5 November 2016 – Fox Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco

I did not get a chance to check the Noble Research Center until 4:00 pm today but when I did there was a sad surprise at the northeastern alcove. It looks for all the world like these two were traveling together, although I certainly cannot establish that to be the case:

AHY-F Dark-eyed Junco, fat = 0.

AHY-U Fox Sparrow, fat = 1.

This is just the second Fox Sparrow I’ve found on this project.

3 November 2016 – 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows

The south portico was the scene for the sad demise of two HY Lincoln’s Sparrows this morning. One was fat = 2 and the other was fat = 3.

2 November 2016 – at first no casualties, but then . . .

I received a message of a Carolina Chickadee dead at the southwestern alcove that was found late morning/early afternoon.  This one looked like a HY-U bird, and it was at least a 2 on my fat score index. It seemed odd to me that a chickadee would be laying down fat at this time of year – and we’re still having daytime temps in the 80s – but there just seems to be a lot more movement of chickadees than we (or at least, I) had generally realized.

This bird was another victim of a window pane treated with ABC’s bird tape.

 

31 October 2016 – Orange-crowned Warbler

It felt like a big flight overnight, with migrant flight calls every time I walked outside. At least one of those migrants was this unfortunate little Orange-crowned Warbler:

This was an AHY-U bird with fat = 2.  As evident from the photo, this bird in the southwestern alcove appears not to have been saved by ABC Bird Tape.