Monday, June 1, 2009

Cool southerly breeze brought in a few migrants

Today held with the winds but the temps were sure not what the weatherperson predicted unless you count the mid-seventies by 3 PM. Despite the cool dampness of the morning we mustered a respectable number of 84 new birds banded and 29 recaptures. Most of the recaptures are breeding birds on site except for the Veery, Gray-cheeked Thrushes (4), and a couple banded Swainson’s Thrushes. A couple Wilson’s Warblers and a Mourning Warbler were still singing on site today. There was a number of Great-crested Flycatchers and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers that came in overnight. Thirteen warblers were seen or heard in Navarre including Yellow (some still carrying fat reserves), Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, American Redstart, Prothonotary, Northern Waterthrush, Mourning, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson’s, and Canada. The numbers of warbler species are decreasing daily I must say.
Highlights for the day were a female Blackburnian Warbler! A couple other highlights but thought I would let you guess what they are with a couple quiz bird photos.

Quiz bird number 1:

Quiz bird number 2:

Top 5 species:
Traill’s Flycatcher – 27
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher – 8
Swainson’s Thrush – 5
Mourning Warbler – 4
Gray Catbird – 4

Take a look at this female Indigo Bunting. She has an extraordinary amount of blue on her for being a second-year bird. The coverts tell us she was hatched last year. Tomorrow may be good for the second day of June if you get out early. The winds are to turn to the NNE so depending on when that happens will determine what birds stayed, went or which ones came in. When you say the month of June you still can’t wish for the species list you had in mid-May. Okay you can wish but do not hold your breath! Quiz bird answers.....Female Tennessee Warbler and Great-crested Flycatcher! Did you see all the rust color in its wings and tail of the Great-crested Flycatcher?! Good!

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