Saturday, April 26, 2008

Songbirds everywhere...

BIG day for songbirds today! The first wave of songbirds is definitely here! White-throated Sparrows were walking and hopping all over the beach ridge today! Winds were out of the southwest and it sprinkled off and on until 10:00 AM. I have definitely seen my share of White-throated Sparrows.

Today we also had the pleasure of a visit from the Audubon Ohio Board of Directors. Jerry Tinianow and crew received a warm welcome from 17 species of warblers plus one hybrid and a total of 36 species of new banded birds for the day.

Two hundred and sixty one newly banded birds for the day with an additional 12 birds recaptured in 5.75 hours of net operation. Four out of the five brown thrushes were caught with Gray-cheeked missing for the day.

Top 7 Species were:
White-throated Sparrow - 121
Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warbler - 30
Yellow Warbler - 14
Western Palm Warbler - 10
Swamp Sparrow - 8
Swainson’s Thrush - 8
Hermit Thrush - 8

Audubon Ohio Group in Navarre

One of the highlight warblers was a Prairie Warbler male. It has been a few years since we have caught this species as an over flight warbler of the first wave.

Enjoy Spring!

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