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Bird Banding Pictorial Highlights, By Year
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2016 Summer Summer highlights include: Common Yellowthroat (adult male), Tennessee Warbler (adult post-breeding female); featured in juvenal plumage: Brown Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Tufted Titmouse, House Finch, American Redstart, Cerulean Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, and Kentucky Warbler.
2016 Spring Handsome Spring birds in their breeding plumage included: Cedar Waxwing, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Barn Swallow (male and female), Baltimore Oriole (male and female), Brown Creeper, Eastern Kingbird, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-eyed Vireo (pink eye), Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler (male and female), Golden-winged Warbler, Northern Parula, Prairie Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Western Palm Warbler, Lawrence's Warbler (hybrid), Virginia Rail and Eastern Phoebe (local); also some interesting highlights on some recoveries and the startup of PARC's MOTUS wildlife tracking.
2016 Winter Black-capped Chickadee, American Tree Sparrow, House Finch (second year male and female), Pine Siskin, Eastern Bluebird, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker (10 1/2 years old)
2015 Late Fall October Sparrows: White-throated, Savannah, Fox, Lincoln's, Song, Swamp, Field and White-crowned Sparrows; female Indigo Bunting; late warblers: Myrtle (Yellow-rumped), Black-throated Green, Orange-crowned and Blackpoll warblers; Hermit Thrush; Northern Flicker (male and female); Hairy Woodpecker; Eastern Bluebird (male) and Northern Saw-whet Owls.
2015 Early Fall Tyrant Flycathcers: Yellow-bellied, Least, Traill's (Alder and Willow) and Acadian Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebe, and Eastern Wood-Pewee; male/female comparisons of three warblers: Black-and-white, Mourning and Cape May warblers; other warblers: Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll,
Western Palm and Black-throated Blue warblers and Common Yellowthroat; Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Yellow-breasted Chat; American Woodcock; Solitary Sandpiper; Yellow-throated Vireo; Sharp-shinned Hawk; Black-billed Cuckoo (juvenal vs. adult eye); Eastern Screech Owl; 10-year old Baltimore Oriole.
2015 Summer Eastern Phoebe, junenile Dark-eyed Junco, Tennessee Warbler, Spotted Sandpiper, Worm-eating Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush, Hairy Woodpecker; molting Yellow, Hooded and Tennessee Warblers and Northern Cardinal; leucisitc Red-eyed Vireo, Scartlet Tanager (second-year and adult) and close-ups of adult and juvenal eyes of the White-eyed Vireo.
2015 Spring Highlights include: Gray Catbird, Eastern Phoebe, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Least Flycatcher, Traill's Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, White-eyed Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Northern Flicker, Cliff Swallow, Green Heron, Cedar Waxwing with yellow wing tips, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Bluebird, Chimney Swift, Eastern Kingbird, Savannah Sparrow, Pileated Woodpecker, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Hermit Thrush. Warblers include: Orange-crowned, Black-throated Blue (female), Blackburnian (female), Bay-breasted, Mourning, Yellow-rumped, Canada, Cerulean, American Redstart and Yellow-throated Warbler.
2015 Winter Fox Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Mourning Dove, Pine Siskin, American Tree Sparrow, and Red-bellied Woodpecker
2014 Late Fall Northern Flicker, Yellow (Eastern) and Western Palm Warblers, House Wren, Winter Wren and Marsh Wren, Savannah Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Northern Saw-whet Owl, White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel’s and Eastern races), Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler and Mallard. Highlights also include male and female comparisons for Purple Finch and Dark-eyed Junco and examples of the effect on plumage of carotenoids in avian diet.
2014 Early Fall Olive-sided Flycatcher, Sora, Wilson's Warbler, American Goldfinch (HY male and HY female), Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blue-winged Warbler, Lawrence's Warblers (male and female), Hooded Warblers (HY male, AHY male, HY female), Yellow-throated Vireo, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Solitary Sandpiper, Yellow Warbler, Chimney Swift, American Woodcock, Grasshopper Sparrow, Pileated Woodpecker, Orange-crowned Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Blue Jay.
2014 Summer Pictorial highlights for the summer include Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Towhee, Ovenbird, Yellow Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Cuckoo, and Gray Catbird.
2014 Spring Male and female comparisons of Red-winged Blackbirds, Tree Swallows, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers; Other Highlights include Northern Flicker, Least Flycatcher, Great-crested Flycatcher, Savannah Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole and Yellow-breasted Chat. Warbler Highlights: Myrtle (Yellow-rumped Warbler), Yellow Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler (male and female), Blackburnian Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Black-throated-green Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler; also featured-- a female Black-capped Chickadee with a brood patch and a "local" Louisiana Waterthrush.
2014 Winter Purple Finches (male and female comparison), House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Golden-crowned Kinglet, White-breasted Nuthatch, White-throated Sparrow,  American Tree Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Mallards on Plover Pond.
2013-Spring-Summer Record-early migrants (Northern Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler and American Redstart). Pictorial highlights include Rusty Blackbird, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Brown Creeper, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Thrasher, Orchard Oriole, Yellow-breasted Chat, White-throated Sparrow, and several Spring Warblers (Hooded, Blackpoll, Blue-winged and Nashville). Comparison of Northern and Louisiana Waterthrush. Photos from Spring Banding Workshops. Summer Highlights include Eastern Phoebe, Chimney Swift, Golden-winged Warbler, Northern Parula, American Redstart, a Cerulean Warbler and a Scarlet Tanager.
2013 -Winter Winter banding and Potter Traps, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Dark-eyed Junco with white wingbars, Common Redpoll, Black-capped Chickadee and Red-breasted Nuthatch
2012 - Fall Wind and migration; Nelson's Sparrow, Sedge Wren, Belted Kingfisher, Pine Siskins, warblers and owls
2012 - Spring Highlights from Spring banding
2011 - Late Fall Late warblers, Am. Bittern, Green Heron, Owls, Carolina Chickadee
2011 - Fall Sparrows Sparrow Quiz
2011 - Fall Warblers Pointers on identification and ageing of fall warblers.  Warbler quiz.
2011 - Fall Flycatchers A guide to help in the identification of flycatchers.
2011 - Summer Summer birds.
2011 - Late Spring Late migrants and molt limits.
2011 - Mid Spring Early migrants and molt limits.
2011 Winter - Early Spring Cardinal, Tree Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, boardwalks, bobcat, Chipping Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Fox Sparrow, Belted Kingfisher, Purple Finch, Blue Jay, Sharp-shinned Hawk.
 2010 Fall Summary Fall captures, Magnolia Warbler, Ruffed Grouse, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Staff and Volunteers.
2010 Late Fall Big day, Purple, Finch, Gray-cheeked Thrush, American Robin, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Cedar Waxwings, Northern Waterthrush, Cape May Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Palm Warbler, Black-capped Chickadee, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, salamader, Viceroy, foliage.
2010 Advanced Workshop Workshop participants, ageing birds using molt limits and eye color.
2010 Early Fall Empidonax Flycatchers, Swainson's Thrush (molt-migrant), Vermivora hybrids, Bill deformities (Tennessee Warbler, Gray Catbird), Redstart and BT Blue Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Am. Redstart (HY male), Hooded Warblers, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Pine Swamp Warbler, Sharp-shinned Hawk.
2010 Summer Water lily, Yellow Warbler, Northern Cardinal nestling sequence, Veery, Swamp and Song Sparrow, Cerulean Warbler, Tufted Titmouse (fault bars), House Finch, Timber Rattlesnake.
2010 Late Spring Swainson's Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Canada Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Warbler molt limits, Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue-winged Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow billed Cuckoo, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Interns from Hawk Mountain, Advanced Bander Development Workshop, Bird strike project, Volunteers.
2010 Early Spring Student Conservation Association, Marigold, Mourning Cloak Moth, Tree Swallow, Robins, Blackbirds (molt limits), Cardinal, Towhee, Purple Finches, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Swainson's Thrush, Cerulean Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Beginner Banding Workshop.
2010 Winter Snow, snow, snow! Pheasants, Black-capped Chickadees, Blue Jay, Carolina Wren, Canadian Geese, American Goldfinch
2009 Late Fall Purple Finch flying, 3 wrens, Rose-breasted Grosbeak (AHY female), Eastern Towhees (AHY & HY males), Field Sparrow (feather in sheath), Purple Finch (color variant), Ruby-crowned Kinglets (AHY & HY), Saw-whet Owl (SY), Ring-necked Pheasant, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-capped Chickadee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, frosted rose hips
2009 Early Fall Belted Kingfisher, banding lab, Great-crested Flycatcher, warblers in net, Prairie Warblers, Blackpoll & Bay-breasted Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warblers (male, female) Hooded Warblers (male, female), Cape-may Warblers (HY male, female), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (HY & AHY males), Golden-winged Warblers (male, female), Blue-winged Warbler, Warbling and Philadelphia Vireos, Connecticut and Mourning Warblers (AHY male), American Woodcock, Banding workshop, Eastern Phoebe (HY), Black-throated Green Warblers (HY, AHY), staff and volunteers
2009 Summer Canada Warbler, Northern Parula, bird-strike tunnel, Baltimore, Scarlet Tanagers (wing bar, hatch years), molting redstart and ovenbird, male/female HY hummingbirds, HY and AHY Least Flycatchers
2009 Late Spring A Spring workshop, pileated woodpecker, Canada warbler, golden-winged warbler, Brewster,s warbler, prairie warbler, pine warbler, yellow-rumped warbler (ASY male), Baltimore oriole (ASY male), blackpoll warbler, indigo bunting, mourning warbler, scarlet tanager, yellow warbler, Trail's flycatcher, worm-eating warbler, cedar waxwings. This update emphasizes molt limits during spring migration.
2009 Early Spring Dark-eyed Juncos, bear prints, winter wren, phoebe, towhee, kinglet, yellow-rumped warbler, purple martin house, red-shouldered hawk, blue-winged warbler, black-and-white warbler, worm-eating warbler. 
2008 Winter Snow, flooding, Pine Siskens, Golden-crowned Kinglet, tracks in the snow.
2008 November Frosty leaf; Boy scout troop/Saw-whet Owls; Valley School visit; White-throated Sparrows; Eastern Bluebird wing (AHY and HY); extreme feather wear; Marja Bakermans & MODO; Mary Shidel w/ Woodcock; Gerardo Rodgriguez banding
2008 October Early snowstorm; Yellow Palm Warbler; Golden-winged Warbler (HY female); Annie Lindsay wedding; Dr. Claudia Mettke-Hofmann & Snipe; Julie Hart & Blue-headed Vireo; Rusty Blackbird Conference participants; Yellow-rumped Warbler (HY); Hermit Thrush (HY); Pine Siskin (HY); Siskin photos; frost photos; cold net checks; fault bars (Ovenbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler); Saw-whet Owls
2008 September Microphone at Powdermill; Gerardo Rodriguez with Sharp-shinned Hawk; Phoebe Lanzone transporting warblers; Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (HY); Dark-eyed Junco (HY local race); Black-billed Cuckoo (HY); American Robin nestlings; Cerulean Warbler (HY female); Adrienne Leppold with Black-and-white Warbler; Olive-sided and Least Flycatchers; Black-throated Blue Warblers (HY and AHY males); Cape May Warblers (HY male and female); releasing Gray Catbird
2008 Early Fall Microphone at Powdermill; Gerardo Rodriguez with Sharp-shinned Hawk; Phoebe Lanzone transporting warblers; Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (HY); Dark-eyed Junco (HY local race); Black-billed Cuckoo (HY); American Robin nestlings; Cerulean Warbler (HY female); Adrienne Leppold with Black-and-white Warbler; Olive-sided and Least Flycatchers; Black-throated Blue Warblers (HY and AHY males); Cape May Warblers (HY male and female); releasing Gray Catbird
2008 Summer Summer camp; Jean and Matthew visit; Pymatuning visit; Shidell family; Fledgling birds (Chipping Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Phoebe, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, White-eyed Vireo, Red-winged Blackbird);  juvenile Song and Swamp Sparrows;  Yellow-throated Vireo (HY);  American Redstart (HY male);  Magnolia Warbler (SY male),  Golden-winged Warbler  (ASY male);  Blue-winged Warbler (HY female);  Louisiana Waterthrush;  Waterthrush crew; forest photos;  PA Atlas crew; 
2008 Spring Northern Saw-whet Owl; Hooded Merganser (ASY female); Vesper Sparrow (SY U); Pileated Woodpecker (TY male); old American Crow and Blue Jay; Dark-eyed Junco and White-throated Sparrow (amelanistic); Eastern Bluebird (ASY male and SY female wing); Red-winged Blackbird (ASY and SY male comparison); Dark-eyed Junco (comparison of J.h. hyemalis and J.h. carolinensis bill); White-eyed Vireo (ASY U); Blue-winged Warbler; Ovenbird; Black-throated Green Warbler (SY male); Kentucky Warbler (SY male); Indigo Bunting (SY male comparison in extent of molt); Red-breasted Nuthatch (AHY female); European Starling (AHY female comparison with male)
2007 Winter Northern Mockingbird (HY U); Hermit Thrush (HY U); Evening Grosbeak (on feeding table)
2007 November Beginner Bander Workshop; Fox Sparrow (record total); Fox Sparrow (molt limit); Northern Saw-whet Owls; Banding a Saw-whet Owl; Red-breasted Nuthatch (HY male); American Goldfinches (partial amelanism); Dark-eyed Junco and White-throated Sparrow with abnormal coloration; Rusty Blackbird (AHY and HY males); Rusty Blackbird (tail with retained juvenal retrix); Evening Grosbeaks; Evening Grosbeak (ASY F); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (HY male and female); Eastern Bluebirds (AHY and HY males and HY female); Rufous Hummingbirds in western PA; Rufous Hummingbird (HY female tail)
2007 October Cardinal Flower, Magnolia Warbler (adult female late date); Magnolia Warbler and Blackpoll Warbler (close up of large fat reserves); Purple Finch (juvenal plumage); American Goldfinch (late molting); Marsh Wren (HY); "Yellow" Palm Warbler; Black-throated Green Warbler (adult male); Golden-crowned Kinglet (adult male), Yellow-rumped Warbler (D.c. hooverii); Pine Siskin; White-crowned Sparrow (HY/AHY comparison); White-throated Sparrow (white stripe/tan stripe comparison); Fox Sparrow; Common Grackle (iridescence, "Ridgeway's" discussion); Rusty Blackbird (HY female comparison); Brown Thrasher (HY/AHY eye color comparison); Sharp-shinned Hawk (HY male); Northern Saw-whet Owl; American Coot and Least Bittern (foot quiz and close ups); Long-eared Bat
2007 September Cape May Warbler (adult male); Sora (HY); Belted Kingfisher (adult female); Golden-winged Warbler (HY male), Yellow-breasted Chat (HY female); Sharp-shinned Hawk (HY male); late Yellow Warbler (AHY male, poss. D.p. rubignosa); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3 birds: interesting underwing plumage, poss. RBGR x Black-headed Grosbeak hybrid, unusually melanistic plumage); Blue-winged Warbler (adult male); Hooded Warbler (adult female/HY male comparison); American Redstart (adult male); Advanced Bander Workshop; American Woodcock (HY male in camouflage); Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (immature/HY); Mourning Warbler (adult tail with fault bar); Hairy Woodpecker (HY female); Red-breasted Nuthatch (AHY female)
2007 August Gray Catbird (juvenile - unpreened tail); Common Yellowthroat and House Wren (juveniles); Prairie Warbler (HY male); Late Louisiana Waterthrush, Canada Warbler (HY male/AHY female comparison); Blackburnian Warbler (HY female and male); Hooded Warbler (HY female, extensive hood); Yellow-bellied Flycatcher; Traill's Flycatcher (adult molt); Nashville Warbler (adult male in molt); Black-billed Cuckoo (caterpillar meal); David Holmes visit; Rose-breasted Grosbeak (SY female in molt); Emmanuel Sankoro visit; Wilson's Warbler (AHY/HY male comparison, head and wing differences)
2007 July Red-eyed Vireo (local juvenile); Barn Swallow and Tree Swallow (juveniles, head on comparison); fuzzy bird bottom quiz; Brown Thrasher (juvenile); Eastern Towhee (HY male); Baby Pictures (Tufted Titmouse, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal, American Robin, Veery, and Wood Thrush); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (pollen forehead); Gray Catbird (HY, red ants on tail); Worm-eating Warbler (SY male); Orchard Oriole (HY male); Cooper's Hawk feather; summer camp kids, Indigo Bunting (worn tail); American Redstart (SY/AHY male molt comparison); Chestnut-sided Warbler (molting SY females); Northern Parula (SY male, wing molt limit); Swainson's Thrush (wing molt); Black-throated Green Warbler (SY/HY male comparison); Magnolia Warbler (SY/HY female comparison); Blackburnian Warbler (HY male); Black-throated Blue Warbler (HY male); Canada Warbler (HY female), Tribute to Ken Parkes
2007 June Red-winged Blackbird (juvenile); House Sparrow (juvenile); Éamon de Buitlèar visit, Magnolia Warbler (SY male ASY female comparison); Indigo Bunting (adult female); Ovenbird (adult male); Phipps feather art class; Juvenile Caroline Wren, Yellow Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush, student research (Danilo and Maria, Mike Allen); Scarlet Tanager (ASY, SY, HY male comparison); Gray Catbird (juvenile); Yellow Warbler (adult wing molt); Black-and-white Warbler (adult male); American Redstart (SY male); Veery (SY male); Cedar Waxwing (orange belly feathers), Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (SY with eccentric wing molt); House Finch (HY); Kentucky Warbler (ASY male fresh plumage); Black-throated Green Warbler (SY female with worn plumage); Blue-winged Warbler (SY female bill prying adaptation); American Redstart (SY male rictal bristles foraging adaptation); probable Alder and Willow Flycatcher comparison; American Goldfinch (SY female with dark cap, compared to adult male); Pileated Woodpecker; Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male torpor)
2007 Late May Cedar Waxwing (orange and waxy tail comparisons); American Goldfinch (comparison of greater covert molt); Wilson's Warbler and American Goldfinch (side-by-side males); American Goldfinch (dandelion "latex" on bill); Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (SY); Philadelphia and Red-eyed Vireo (comparison); White-eyed Vireo (egg); Lincoln's Sparrow (SY); Scarlet Tanager and Indigo Bunting (SY females with eccentric wing molt); Canada Warbler (SY male); Black-throated Blue Warbler (SY female); Mourning Warbler (pair); Indigo Bunting (ASY male); Eastern Bluebird (ASY male); Eastern Wood-Pewee; Spotted Sandpiper (SY female spread wing); Indigo Bunting (ASY male); Scarlet Tanager (ASY male); Northern Parula (ASY male); bright Magnolia Warbler (SY male); Yellow Warbler (ASY male with orange crown); American Goldfinch (dark ASY female); Philadelphia Vireo (SY)
2007 Early May Blackpoll Warbler (SY male, ASY female comparison); Gray-cheeked and Swainson's Thrush comparison; Grasshopper Sparrow; Yellow-breasted Chat (SY female; wing); Mourning Warbler (ASY female with some black in throat); Comparison of adult (ASY) male Golden-winged, "Brewster's," and Blue-winged warblers; Orange-crowned Warbler (ASY female); Canada Warbler (ASY male); Orchard Oriole (ASY female); White-crowned Sparrow (dandelion "latex" on bill); Savannah Sparrow (SY, spread wing); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (ASY male; ASY female spread wing with male-like replacement greater coverts)
2007 Early Spring Not a "White-winged" Dark-eyed Junco; male House Sparrow and Brown-headed Cowbird; Sharp-shinned Hawk (SY male); bright and dull morph White-throated Sparrow; Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (ASY female); Prairie Warbler (SY male); Black-throated Green Warbler (ASY male); Northern Waterthrush (possible "large-billed" race); Warbling Vireo; Marsh Wren; Winter Wren; White-crowned Sparrow; Rusty Blackbird (female); White-eyed Vireo; Hooded Warbler (ASY male); "Brewster's" Warbler (ASY male)
Archives In our archives, you can see pictorial highlights from 2000-2006.

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