Sunday, September 14, 2008

Blackburnians have not arrived yet...

It was not raining today. That was the good part of the day after the past two days. More is to come tonight but it was clear this morning. Southwest winds made for a quiet day in the marsh. Thirty-five birds were new with 8 recaptures for a total of 11 species captured. Eight species of warbler with a Black-throated Green observed on the point count. I think the Blackburnians are waiting for a good day to show up in Navarre. Yes, again I hear they have been seen on the Magee Boardwalk. That is okay. They are still around that is the best part.

Top 4 species:
Swainson’s Thrush - 12
Blackpoll Warbler - 9
Gray Catbird - 3
Tennessee Warbler - 2

Here is a young male (hatching year) Common Yellowthroat. Since his mask is starting to show the bird can be called a male. A hatching year Common Yellowthroat without any black molting in can only be called unknown which really bums me out. The bird could/can still be in the process of molt so juvenile Common Yellowthroats all appear like females until they molt into their basic plumage.

The winds look favorable for the tomorrow if the rain gets out of here.

Looking forward to a good day of birds!

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