Saturday, May 10, 2008

International Migratory Bird Day!

And where were you on this date?

It seemed like everyone was here in the Marsh Region celebrating the return of the songbirds! Forces were split up today with a public banding demonstration at the west entrance of the Magee Marsh W/A boardwalk and running the Navarre station. Nice variety of birds at the boardwalk from what I heard. I only saw what was around the parking lot. Around 10:00 AM while walking to cheek the mist nets for the demonstration there were 100+ people surrounding the Port-o-Johns looking up in the trees overtop. What a sight that was! Of course, we had to stop and ask what they were looking at. Can you believe it a Yellow-throated Warbler be-bopping over the top of the Port-o-Johns! It was around for some time because at 5:00 PM it was still in the trees near the parking lot above my truck. You never know what you might see and where you might see it.

Not much diversity at the banding demonstration. Lots of Myrtle Warblers, blackbirds, and White-throated Sparrows were caught out of the total of 77.

Here are the results from Navarre: 106 New banded birds of 23 species including 40 recaptures. Fourteen warbler species caught today. Lots of Red-winged Blackbirds and House Wrens jumped in the nets today.

Top 7 species for Navarre today:
Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warbler - 18
Western Palm Warbler - 15
Red-winged Blackbird - 11
White-throated Sparrow - 10
Yellow Warbler - 9
Nashville Warbler - 8
House Wren - 7

Looks like rain tomorrow and an easterly wind so it is not looking good. Maybe the weatherperson will have an incorrect forecast.

Enjoy the spring colors!

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