Friday, May 29, 2009

High pressure system calms the winds

I have to admit that spring migration is coming to the end. I recognize this because of the species and second-year female birds we are catching. In addition, I have noticed that the activity of birds usually wanes by noon time. However, the birding is good in the morning. If I was to suggest good birding times of 7 AM to 10 AM then go fishing or whatever you enjoy doing.

There were 20 species of warbler still around the research station. Today a Black-throated Green Warbler was singing early. The other warbler species include: Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, American Redstart, Prothonotary, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Connecticut, Mourning, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded, Wilson’s, Canada, and Yellow-breasted Chat.

One hundred and ten new birds were netted with an additional 40 recaptures. The highlights for the day were a Black-throated Blue Warbler, the Hooded Warbler from yesterday was still around, and a Connecticut Warbler. There were still several Swainson’s and Gray-cheeked Thrushes in the area.

Top 6 species:
Traill’s Flycatcher – 20
Wilson’s Warbler – 12
American Redstart – 12
Mourning Warbler – 7
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher – 7
Swainson’s Thrush – 7

Eastern Wood Pewee is a flycatcher characterized by wing bars, bi-colored beak, and a lack of eye ring. In the hand they also have a short tarsus or as I say “peewee” legs.

Enjoy the weekend and all the best to see a Connecticut Warbler!

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