• Posts tagged with Blackpoll Warbler

    Field Guide to May 2024

    Field Guide to May 2024

    The month of May is a show-off. Birds arrive on southern winds and liven the dawn with their chorus. Trees flower, and leaves burst from long-dormant buds. As pools and lakes awaken with new life, woodland wildflowers jump out of the ground to attract the attention of butterflies. Here’s your monthly guide to a month that shouts of life and rejuvenation.

    VCE Wraps 32 Years on Mansfield with a Flourish

    VCE Wraps 32 Years on Mansfield with a Flourish

    It’s impossible to keep VCE biologists away from Mt. Mansfield’s ridgeline, even after 32 years. Following a summer of record wet weather, VCE’s annual fall pilgrimage to the mountain yielded 183 mist net captures, including a fat-encased female Blackpoll Warbler about to undertake her 5th nonstop transoceanic fall migration to northern South America.

    A Soggy Wrap to VCE's 2022 Mansfield Season

    A Soggy Wrap to VCE’s 2022 Mansfield Season

    VCE’s final Mt. Mansfield banding session of 2022 may have been a wash-out, but we captured a fat-encased Blackpoll Warbler ready for its astounding transoceanic southward flight, and we reflected on a highly successful season overall, with 17 GPS tags recovered from Bicknell’s Thrush.

    VCE Mansfield Summer Season Wraps Up Quietly

    VCE Mansfield Summer Season Wraps Up Quietly

    VCE’s final Mt. Mansfield field session of summer 2022 featured a paucity of mist net captures, several heavily molting adult birds, and a welcome chance to mentor the next generation of bird banders.

    Non-Locals Surprise Banders on Mansfield as VCE Winds Down Season #31

    Non-Locals Surprise Banders on Mansfield as VCE Winds Down Season #31

    The Mansfield ridgeline may be a far quieter place than it was a month ago, but there is never a shortage of avian surprises to be found. As VCE wraps up its 31st consecutive field season on the mountain, our mist nets produced more than one unexpected capture.

    Biologists and Bicknell's Both Tote Backpacks on Mansfield

    Biologists and Bicknell’s Both Tote Backpacks on Mansfield

    The VCE banding crew donned backpacks on July 6 for its ascent up Mt. Mansfield, following the toll road’s closure from a heavy rain wash-out. We gained a new appreciation for backpack-toting Bicknell’s Thrushes, and we recaptured a third GPS-tagged female, our 17th tag recovery overall. Two mist-netted Northern Saw-whet Owls were crowd pleasers.

    Kinglets Rain on Mansfield Ridgeline as VCE Wraps Season #30

    Kinglets Rain on Mansfield Ridgeline as VCE Wraps Season #30

    Tiny feathered gems–Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets–filled VCE’s mist nets and ushered in the autumnal equinox on Mt. Mansfield to conclude our 30th field season on the ridgeline. Among 222 birds captured and banded over 3 days, kinglets accounted for 101, but they weren’t the only notable migrants we encountered.

    Birds, Bees, and Trees: A Summer Working for VCE

    Birds, Bees, and Trees: A Summer Working for VCE

    From long days spent in wooded hillsides to early mornings on top of Mt. Mansfield, it was a busy—but exciting—summer for VCE’s 2021 Alexander Dickey Conservation Intern.

    Non-locals Light Up VCE Nets on Mansfield

    Non-locals Light Up VCE Nets on Mansfield

    VCE’s final summer banding session on Mt. Mansfield featured a striking–and puzzling–absence of locally-breeding birds but a strong showing by non-local warblers and our first-ever Northern Flicker.

    A Deluge of Juncos and a Surprise Boreal Visitor on Mansfield

    A Deluge of Juncos and a Surprise Boreal Visitor on Mansfield

    Week 7 of VCE’s 2021 banding season on Mt. Mansfield featured a plethora of juvenile juncos and an unexpected, dapper male Bay-breasted Warbler.