Sunday, May 11, 2008

The rain shut us down completely...

Well, the weatherperson was right on the forecast… It rained after the nets were put up for a couple of hours. There were definitely birds out there. Then the rain shut us down completely. For the day we caught 65 new birds with 11 recaptures. Thirteen warbler species for the day…not bad for a short day.

We caught our first Great Crested Flycatcher this year! It was neat because you could tell it was a second-year bird (hatched last year). It is not always as easy as one would think to see the differentiation in the primary covert wear on brown feathers.

Top 6 species for today:
Gray Catbird - 10
Ovenbird - 8
White-throated Sparrow - 6
Common Yellowthroat - 5
American Redstart - 4
Veery - 4

Look for the wind changing to the south and then the bushes will be dripping with Magnolia Warblers!

Enjoy the beauty of the season!

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