A great day was had at the banding station. As I had mentioned that Connecticut Warblers would be coming in on this front. Lo, and behold, they did! I am not always correct but better than some weather people’s forecasting. Can you believe it five, count them five, Connecticut Warblers today! Those of you that have stopped birdwatching for the spring may want to dust off your binoculars and head out here to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and Ottawa NWR. Tonight is to be a SW wind and it will shift by late morning to the west and then northwest. I would say come on out and get your looks at these late migrants!
Netted for the day were 170 new birds with 23 recaptures. Flycatchers were number one today as one would expect. We caught our first Eastern Kingbird for the spring too. Other highlights included 13 Mourning Warblers, a Philadelphia Vireo, an Eastern Kingbird, and a Lincoln Sparrow. Eighteen warblers were observed on site including Tennessee, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, American Redstart, Prothonotary, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Connecticut, Mourning, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson’s, Canada, and Yellow-breasted Chat. Did I say Blackburnian Warbler?!!!! See?! I told you that spring is NOT over yet!
Male Connecticut Warbler (below)
Traill’s Flycatcher – 47
Red-eyed Vireo – 18
Mourning Warbler – 13
Swainson’s Thrush – 13
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher – 11
Can you see this fire red top most times on an Eastern Kingbird? Nope. Both sexes have the red top knot.
Do I need to say more to convince you to get out and look for those late spring migrants?!