The wind was calm this morning. A little fog settled in as I dropped the nets. Another beautiful day brought the catch of the day to 45 new birds and 8 recaptures. Warbler species were slim today in numbers and species. Northern Waterthrush, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Blackpoll Warbler, and Common Yellowthroat, and Ovenbird were the grand tally of warblers. Fifteen species of birds were captured with a big increase of thrushes having moved in. We also were graced with the presence of 3 flycatcher species (Eastern Wood Pewee, and Eastern Phoebe).
The highlight for the day was a nice looking Marsh Wren! Such variety of browns and grays to make the bird look spectacular! This bird is recognized by its white eye supercilium stripe and a dark triangle on its back. Most only get a quick glimpse of the bird or hear its clatter song in the cattails.
Saturday September 13th at the Bird Observatory there will be a bird banding demonstration, weather permitting (Hurricane Ike may put a damper on it). The program will start at 10 AM for about an hour or so. We will talk about the Bird Observatory’s migration research project and have a sample of birds that are migrating through the marsh region.
Enjoy the great weather!