Thursday, September 11, 2008

Big increase in thrushes...

Today we need to remember to be thankful for our freedom and for those who fight for it everyday.

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!

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