Thursday, October 11, 2007

Birds were around...

The weather was a bit different from yesterday in that it began raining around 9:00 AM. Winds strong out of the NNW 15-20 mph. Birds were around and we managed to get in almost 3 hours of nets open with a capture of 89 new birds banded, 19 species of new banded birds, and 17 recaptures. Rain with close to 50 degree temperatures is not good for birds or humans.

Still some remnants of earlier birds sticking around with a banded Magnolia Warbler and the Blue-headed Vireo from several days ago. Five new Gray Catbirds, our first fall Field Sparrow, and 3 Eastern Wood Pewees were the highlights of the day.

There was the sound of more kinglets around this morning however we only caught 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Brown Creepers seemed to be on the increase unless the weather had them down lower. And yes, the infamous White-throated Sparrows were very numerous too.

Top species newly banded were:
White-throated Sparrows - 42
Hermit Thrush - 12
Swainson's Thrush - 6
Brown Creeper - 5
Gray Catbird - 5

Only 6 species of warbler today including Blackpoll, Bay-breasted, Magnolia, and Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warblers and Common Yellowthroat.

Tomorrow should be good for kinglets if the wind is calmer.

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