Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Rusty Blackbirds began moving today...

As expected, an uneventful day of SE winds producing 29 new birds and 27 recaptures for 4.25 hours of nets open.

There are still loads of White-throated sparrows and many Hermit Thrushes (17 recaptures) around but numbers of any other species are not what I would expect this time of year. A northerly cold front is really needed to get the birds back on track.

Top species newly banded:
White-throated Sparrow - 11
Hermit Thrush - 4
Blackpoll Warbler - 2
Brown Creeper - 2
Winter Wren - 2

Only two species of warblers were seen today: Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) and Blackpoll Warblers.

Nine species of sparrows were seen at Navarre: Eastern Towhee, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow *, Swamp Sparrow*, Song Sparrow*, and Slate-colored Junco (Dark-eyed Junco). (*banded species)

Rusty Blackbirds began moving around noon time today.

I don’t expect much change for tomorrow.

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