Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Best day ever for the fall season

The early morning was calm with the winds picking up from the southwest for the rest of the day. It did not deter the birds from dropping in during the early morning. We had our best day ever for the fall. It kept us busy. Thrushes were the big catch today but we had some great highlights which included a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, a hatching year Purple Finch, a nice adult male Cape May Warbler, and a Yellow-throated Vireo…yes I did say Yellow-throated Vireo. It is not as likely to be seen in the fall as the occasional one in the spring. This was a treat or maybe not to the volunteer that extracted if from the net and had blood drawn on his hand from the bird’s bite. Another interesting bird was a recaptured Ruby-throated Humming bird from yesterday.

We netted 127 new birds of 25 species including 13 warblers. Thirteen recaptures with Gray Catbirds and Gray-cheeked Thrushes making up the bounty of birds staying around for a couple days. There are still plenty of catbirds to go around. I heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch as we were closing the nets. Another sign fall is coming!

Species and Number Banded

Swainson’s Thrush- 32
Gray-cheeked Thrush - 22
Blackpoll Warbler - 22
Gray Catbird - 11
Common Yellowthroat - 8
Ovenbird - 5

Get outside and enjoy the day!

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