This week we had 26 species of warblers including Blue-winged (BWWA), Golden-winged (GWWA), Tennessee (TEWA), Orange-crowned (OCWA), Nashville (NAWA), Northern Parula (NOPA), Yellow (YEWA), Chestnut-sided (CSWA), Magnolia (MAWA), Black-throated Blue (BTBW), Myrtle (MYWA), Black-throated Green (BTNW), Blackburnian (BLBW), Western Palm (WPWA), Bay-breasted (BBWA), Blackpoll (BLPW), Black-and-white (BAWW), Prothonotary (PROW), Worm-eating (WEWA), Ovenbird (OVEN), Northern Waterthrush (NOWA), Mourning (MOWA), Common Yellowthroat (COYE), Hooded (HOWA), Wilson's (WIWA), and Canada (CAWA).
The next burst of southerly winds should bring in the second wave cadre of birds in full glory. Look for a low pressure cell around Oklahoma/Arkansas for the best push of warm tropical air. We have seen a glimpse of the second wave with a few MAWAs, a Scarlet Tanager (SCTA), and Rose-breasted Grosbeak (RBGR) this week.
Take time to notice the small things on these birds. Can you guess what the following birds are by the coloration on their backs?
|Yellow-rumped Warbler (left) and Magnolia Warbler (right)|
Other highlights of the week:
|Male Bay-breasted Warbler|
|Male BTBW back view-note white wing patch|
|Male Indigo Bunting (INBU)|
|Sharp-shinned Hawk (SSHA) |
The station has banded nine this spring along with one Cooper's Hawk
Migration has definitely gotten off to a good start this year. Follow this magical event with us here and with BSBO's migration predictions http://cranecreekbirding.blogspot.com/ compiled by Kenn Kaufman and the banding totals at http://www.bsbo.org/passerine/spring_passerine_migration_monitoring.htm