Something to Chat About

Another dreary, drippy morning on Tuesday surprisingly produced a season record of 54 birds spanning a dazzling 20 species.  Highlights included Gray-cheeked Thrushes, another prized Connecticut Warbler, the first Yellow-rumped Warbler of the season, and an increase in numbers of individuals of several species as compared to previous years—including Black-throated Blue Warblers, Indigo Buntings, and…

Not Just Smoke and Sparrows

Mornings at Rushton this week were humid with water dripping from every leaf and berry.  As the sun ignited the fog, the water rose like smoke from the spicebush hedgerows and the cedar roof of the banding shelter.  It reminded me of a jungle sunrise— the forest visibly exhaling and enormous marbled orb-weavers retreating from…

How You Like Me Now? Crowds Get Heavy at Rushton

This week of banding was a whirlwind of feathers, fanatics, and fog.  It began with our bi-annual Open House last Saturday, which brought over 80 visitors to the preserve including our old friend, the sun.  The crowd was an exuberant mix of children in our Rushton Nature Keepers club, students from University of Pennsylvania, and…