This Week at Hilton Pond: “Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Pond, And Other Bird Stuff”

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‎Posted on 11 September 2011 by Bill Hilton Jr.

"This Week at Hilton Pond" a bench at the end of our wooden pier provided a great place from which to photograph Common Nighthawks and get a stunning image of a Great Egret on the wing. Plus there's interesting news about a much-too-early Pine Siskin and a very old Ruby-throated Hummingbird. To read all about it, please visit our current photo essay for 1-7 Sep 2011 at

While there don't forget to scroll down for a list of all birds banded and recaptured during the period, plus a couple of interesting phenology notes.

Figure 1. The Common Nighthawk, Chordeiles minor (above) is a Neotropical migratory species that breeds across North America and winters in South America as far as northern Argentina. Populations appear to be in steep decline across the range. (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)

Bill Hilton Jr. is an award-winning educator-naturalist and executive director of non-profit Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History near York, South Carolina USA, where he has banded more than 56,000 birds since 1982. He is the only scientist studying Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) on their wintering grounds in Central America. Check out his Web sites for Hilton Pond Center at and “Operation RubyThroat: the Hummingbird Project” at

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