29-30 April 2000

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Historically, the greatest diversity of birds at Hilton Pond Center occurs during the last week in April and first half of May. During that 21-day span, there are year-round residents on-site, some of the winter residents are still hanging on before moving north, and the Neotropical migrants begin to arrive in good numbers.

Some birds from Central and South America will remain at Hilton Pond for the breeding season, while others simply stop off for a rest on their way to the Appalachains, New England, or Canada. However, in springs when there are no well-defined weather fronts, or when the the early part of May is marked by cloudless mild weather, many migrants seem to "overshoot" Hilton Pond--resulting in low numbers of individuals and species banded.

The best spring banding ever at Hilton Pond Center occured on the weekends of 2-4 and 9-11 May 1986, when 199 birds from 45 species were banded!

Below are "mug shots" of several bird species banded 29-30 April at Hilton Pond Center.

All photos © Hilton Pond Center

White-throated Sparrow
(winter resident only)

Swainson's Thrush
(note buffy eye-ring)

(a ground-feeding warbler)

Hooded Warbler (female)
(white tail spots help with identification)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (male)
(formerly called "Myrtle" Warbler)

Northern Parula (male)
(one of our smallest warblers)

Plus the following species not pictured (or pictured on other weekly pages):

American Redstart
Gray Catbird
Eastern (Rufous-sided) Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Robin

All photos © Hilton Pond Center

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