BSBO's passerine migration monitoring project is conducted every spring and fall in the Lake Erie Marsh Region of Northwest Ohio. BSBO Bird Bander's blog will provide you with highlights of what birds are being netted and seen in this area as well as interesting information about bird banding in general.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Kinglets were number one today!
One hundred and three new birds banded with 47 recaptures. I need not tell you what bird species were remaining on the ridge for another day.
The highlights of the day were these Spizella sparrows and a male Black-throated Blue Warbler. I may have to admit that it is getting close to the tail end of fall songbird migration. The species diversity went way down today. Only five species of warbler were seen including Black-throated Blue, Myrtle, American Redstart, and Common Yellowthroat. Before I give in, I will have to see what tomorrow will bring. A northwest wind is in the forecast. If that holds true, it may be a pleasant day for birds.
Beach top species: White-throated Sparrow-7 Ruby-crowned Kinglet-4 Blackpoll Warbler-2
Main Inside top species: Golden-crowned Kinglet-22 White-throated Sparrow-19 Myrtle Warbler-13 Ruby-crowned Kinglet-6 Blackpoll Warbler-5
These sparrows are immatures with the beak on the Chipping Sparrow is still changing from a lighter color to the black as we most readily recognize it. The Field Sparrow looks pretty much like it would in the fall plumage. The Field Sparrow had immature pointed feathers to determine its age as well as an unossified skull. If ever you need an opportunity to laugh or smile just look at a kinglet. I think they can make anyone smile. Enjoy the day!