Monday, May 4, 2009

Chilly Northeaster moves birds inland

A northeast wind made the Navarre site much cooler than past days and appeared to move the birds off the ridge. We are still hearing a Northern Parula but it has evaded the nets thus far. Since it tends to be a tree top warbler it is not caught very often in the net.

Seventy-three new banded birds with 29 recaptures in a six hours span. Eight species of warblers netted with 16 observed. Highlights were the first Black-throated Blue Warbler for the spring season and another Yellow-breasted Chat! They are always a treat to see and hear!

Top 6 species:
Myrtle Warbler -24
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 9
House Wren – 6
Red-winged Blackbird – 5 (females gathering nest material)
White-throated Sparrow – 5
Western Palm Warbler -5

The sun is out so enjoy spring!

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