Friday, May 9, 2008

30 species today...

Another nice day to be outside! Discovery Tours, an Arizona tour group, visited the banding station today. They were in for a real treat! We also had the pleasure of a few banders from New York and surrounding states. It is always a pleasure to have visiting researchers see our operation and share ideas and talk shop.

For the day we had a total of 190 new birds including 30 species and 38 recaptures. More of those lovely White-throated Sparrows are sticking around for a few more days.
The highlights for the day were a Red-headed Woodpecker, two more Sharp-shinned Hawks, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and male and female Northern Parulas. Twenty species of warbler were caught today with 22 seen on the area.

Top 8 species for the day:
Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warbler - 88
---*close to reaching 1,000 for the spring
White-throated Sparrow - 19
Western Palm Warbler - 15
Nashville Warbler - 9
Red-winged Blackbird - 6
Blackpoll Warbler - 5
Magnolia Warbler - 5
Yellow Warbler - 5

Look at the large white wing patches on this
Red-headed Woodpecker

Enjoy Spring!

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