Sunday, September 7, 2008

Not common to catch an American Woodcock...

Another light northerly wind produced some inkling that fall migration is here. Eighty-two new birds captured with an additional 10 recaptures making up 24 species. There was an increase in the numbers of Swainson’s Thrush and Magnolia Warblers today. The flycatchers are still around with Yellow-bellied Flycatchers making an appearance in the mist nets.

Highlights for the day are American Woodcock, Wood Thrush, Cape May Warbler, Nashville Warbler, and Black-throated Green Warbler. This is the third woodcock for the fall. It is not common to catch them in the net because of the mesh size of the net is for smaller warbler size birds so they usually wiggle and fly out of the nets.

Top 6 species
Swainson’s Thrush - 19
Magnolia Warbler - 15
Blackpoll Warbler - 7
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 6
Ovenbird - 4
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 4

Here is a hatching year male Black-throated Green Warbler:

Here is a quiz bird for you:

And it was appropriate that we had visitors from New Jersey to view the bird!


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