Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A BIG thanks to our volunteers...

Today the winds were out of the southeast and even when the direction is slightly favorable I come into the marsh with a mindset that it could be a good day. Well, I am going to have to admit it appears that the majority of the birds went north and spring migration is just about over L. Today brought 21 new birds with 12 recaptures in 5.33 hours. Yes, it was quiet and slow in the marsh today. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo is still in there taunting us or should I say laughing at us because we have not caught one this spring yet. A Canada Warbler and a Mourning Warbler were among the recaptures that were migrants hanging around to eat a few more bugs before taking off for their northern breeding areas. Five warbler species were captured today with 9 warbler species seen.

The highlight of the day was catching a nice
male Mourning Warbler-quite handsome!

The top 5 banded birds:
Traill’s Flycatcher - 5
Gray Catbird - 4
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 2
Common Yellowthroat - 2
Wilson’s Warbler - 2

Before the season is completely over I must give a big Thanks to all the volunteers who have helped tremendously with this project. With their time and valuable help this monitoring project is possible. Here are a few pictures of the hard-working volunteers. There are around thirty-five volunteers who contribute to the project.

Volunteers Dave & Dianne

Volunteers Rod & Pam

Volunteers Mark & Ryan

Volunteers Mary & Lee

My hat goes off to them for their hard work!
As always, find time to appreciate what is in your backyard!

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