It has been quite a spring season! We had three good solid waves of spring songbirds this year. Not every year, are we blessed with the right winds and weather that results in the Lake Erie Marsh Region having a "wave trifecta" to produce the volume that each of the migration waves can create.
To review the update of the banding station activity for the last couple weeks you can go to the Navarre banding page of the Observatory website. http://www.bsbo.org/passerine/spring_passerine_migration_monitoring.htm
In a season of highlights, the most significant has to be surpassing the all-time spring banding total for the Navarre banding station, which was first run on a daily basis in 1989. The old record was 10,111 new birds banded in one soring season and we surpassed this on Tuesday May 31st. Final totals for the season will be posted on the website after the station closes on June 4th.
This accomplishment would not have been possible without the great assistance of our passerine technican, Cliff Hoyt, and all of our mighty volunteers. Our hat goes off to the fine work the team has accomplished this spring!
Left - right: Reed Anderson, Julie Shieldcastle, Max Anderson, and Cliff Hoyt
Female Mourning Warbler (MOWA) right.
The latter part of May is always the prime time to catch your
glimpses of Connecticut and Mourning Warblers.
Can you guess why this four-letter code doesn't fit the norm?
we must talk about flycatchers!
and the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (YBFL) - right.
BBCU on the left and YBCU on the right
Cool Bird Banding Fact #117
Male YBCH's have a black mouth lining (as shown inthe photo, above),
while females have pink. Pretty cool, eh?!
With spring migration all but over, why not get your birding "fix"