Monday, April 20, 2009

Cold southwest winds pushed a few birds north

I guess the sun will not come out today either. The winds are cold and out of the southwest. A cold Pacific wind. The birds were around even while we were dodging raindrops and mist on occasion. We hung it up after 5.5 hours.
It was a great day for flickers! We captured 4 today and split it down the middle with 2 males and 2 females. Usually we do not catch many flickers because they are so big and strong and can flip themselves out of the net before getting caught in the net.

One hundred and nine new birds including 13 recaptures were the catch of the day. Seventeen species for this early in April is not bad! Highlights for the day were: Fox Sparrow, Yellow-shafted Flicker and American Tree Sparrow. Pine Warber was heard on site again today. This will be the last few days to see an American Tree Sparrow and the Fox Sparrows are moving out as well.

Top 6 species:
Hermit Thrush – 21
Myrtle Warbler – 17
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 16
White-throated Sparrow – 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet – 7
Slate-colored Junco – 7

**remember Myrtle Warbler is a race of the Yellow-rumped Warbler
and Slate-colored Junco a race of the Dark-eyed Junco.
Looking forward to the sun…

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