Thursday, June 4, 2009

Third day of Northeast winds make for a slow day...

Can we say another Northeaster for the third day in a row! Not much chance of having the last migrants hanging out on the ridge with this kind of wind. However, you should not discount that there would be any migrants. What do you think about a Nashville Warbler in June? Here she is: Warblers seen or heard were Yellow, Nashville, American Redstart, Prothonotary (caught another female, no brood patch yet on this one), Mourning, Common Yellowthroat, and Wilson’s.

Top 2 species:
Red-winged Blackbirds – 6 (birds gathering food times for their young)
Wilson’s Warbler – 2

If we get another northeaster tomorrow it will be an extremely slow day. While Mark, Dan and Barb Myers were in Navarre, I started the Monitoring Avian Productivity breeding bird project at the Oak Openings Metropark for the 16th year today with the assistance of Mark Bleim and Karen Mitchell. We netted one great migrant: Olive-sided Flycatcher! A beauty! Sorry the camera had bad batteries so no picture! The habitat is savanna and woods habitats where we have our research site set up. The catch for the day included Olive-sided Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, House Wren, Eastern Bluebird, Gray Catbird, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Northern Cardinal, and American Goldfinch.

We are hoping for a different wind direction for tomorrow… Enjoy your day!

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