The Mourning Dove remained intact this morning. There was also an apparent AHY female Wilson’s Warbler at the southeastern alcove. She was fat (=3) and healthy at 9g.
I found this hatch-year Mourning Dove in front of the main north entrance today.
Moments after completing my survey this morning, ace hummingbird finder Aurora Manley sent me a photo of this headless Ruby-throated Hummingbird from beneath the south portico.
The hummingbird onslaught continues . . .
Late in the afternoon, OSU grad student Megan Roselli brought me this HY-male Ruby-throated Hummingbird in a cup. She had just found it at the northeast alcove (where it wasn’t when I had checked this morning).
Hummingbird photos by Megan Roselli.
I missed this bird on my 30 August check but was lucky enough to meet the reason why: OSU grad student Aurora Manley found this HY male Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the 29th (sometime after my check) and took it in to nurse it back to health. Unfortunately, it did not survive.
photo by Aurora Manley
On the heels of an impressive southbound flight last night,
. . . I found two casualties this morning.
There was a HY Chipping Sparrow in the northwest alcove. The bird had evidently been stepped on or perhaps run over by a maintenance vehicle. I left it in place for a removal trial.
Also, near the main north entrance (actually at a west-facing facade in the corner) was a Mourning Warbler. The bold eyering and long undertail coverts looked tantalyzingly like a Connecticut Warbler. It was, however, an AHY-U Mourning Warbler. The bird was 13.5g and bulging with fat (3).
This was the 10th Mourning Warbler on the project.