Saturday, October 20, 2007

No northern winds...

It does not appear that the winds nor the weather are going to be favorable for a helpful southward migration in the next couple days. However, today was much better than the last couple days as far as bird catch. With 5.5 hours of open nets we banded 55 new birds and 22 recaptures.

The top species were:
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 11
Hermit Thrush - 10
Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warbler - 5
Purple Finch - 5
White-throated Sparrow - 4

Highlights were a juvenile male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and nice looks at a male Purple Finch. Most of our Purple Finches are juveniles and look like females. Besides Myrtle Warbler, we had Blackpolls and one Tennessee Warbler today from the warbler guild. Almost caught today was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. It hit the net but bounced out. The weather is keeping these birds here or blowing them back up here.

If nothing else the days are beautiful and even though the birds are not plentiful get outside and soak up the sun and enjoy!

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