Sunday, April 19, 2009

Overcast and easterly winds did not deter the gnatcatchers

Cold easterly winds made for an uncomfortable day for humans and probably not much better for our feathered friends. Fifty-eight new birds were captured including 11 recaptures. Many of the recaptures were Hermit Thrushes and White-throated Sparrows hanging around. No use moving north on winds like these. Myrtle Warbler was the only warbler caught. However, the Pine Warbler was singing at the site. Highlights were two Field Sparrows and our first Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

Top 6 species are:
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 20
Golden-crowned Kinglet – 10
Swamp Sparrow – 6
Blue-gnatcatcher – 4
Brown Creeper – 4
Hermit Thrush – 4
The sun will come out tomorrow I hope!

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