Wednesday, May 20, 2009

High Pressure southerly winds keep numbers constant

It was forecasted as a warm one and it sure ended up toasty for this time of year in Ohio. We have a friend up from Louisianna and this is March weather for him. There is still a good number of species around. We have a male Scarlet Tanager still singing his heart out at the station. Twenty-two warbler species seen today including Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, American Redstart, Prothonotary, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Mourning, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded, Wilson's, Canada, and Yellow-breasted Chat.

Today we had 306 new banded birds with 49 recaptures.
Highlights for the day were two female Hooded Warblers and the Yellow-breasted Chat.

Interesting sighting while conducting the point count this morning. We saw two Savanna Sparrows foraging high in a Kentucky Coffeetree. They were gleaning midges off the newly emerging leaves. I have never seen this behavior before let alone so high up in a tree.

Top 8 species:
Magnolia Warbler - 58
American Redstart - 34
Swainson's Thrush - 23
Tennessee Warbler - 17
Wilson's Warbler - 15
Blackpoll Warbler - 15
Common Yellowthroat - 15
Traill's Flycatcher - 14

Another mystery bird for you. A hint is in the text above. But then again, you will not need it since you are so good at identifying warblers...
While you are thinking here is a male and female Canada Warbler showing off their necklaces.

Never fear spring is not over yet! We netted 7 Blackburnian Warblers today and there were still some males around singing. Have a good day! Quiz bird answer is female Hooded Warbler.
I hope you guessed it correctly!

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