Monday, May 18, 2009

Light winds overnight help maintain bird diversity

High pressure created light winds overnight so I knew we were in for a slower day than the last few. This is welcome for us to take a breath or two. For some it is a slow day. I can enjoy the day and the birds on this kind of day. A day you would like to be fishing or birdwatching.

Two hundred seventy-two new birds and 126 recaptures were netted. Whew! I must say I will welcome a wind to move the banded birds north. Sounds like the next couple days will do just that. The winds are to turn south tonight and go southwest in the morning. Those birds should be outa here or most of them with this wind.

Highlights were our first Connecticut Warblers (2) and a female Scarlet Tanager. You don't usually say Connecticut Warblers the plural or it is unusual when birdwatching. We catch more Connecticuts in the fall than we do in spring. They are very confusing to birdwatchers then with their olive edging to their feathers that gives them a different look. No need to worry about mistaking one in the spring with the pewter head on the male with the eye ring that stands out in a crowd or in the bushes. Did I say that the eye ring stands out so much it says "Boing!" I guess you have to see one up close to understand that description.

Connecticut Warbler male with the pewter colored head.

Top 7 species:
Magnolia Warbler - 41
American Redstart - 20
Common Yellowthroat - 20
Yellow Warbler - 16
Ovenbird - 14
Gray Catbird - 13
Wilson's Warbler - 11

Second-year female Scarlet Tanager. Note the brownragged primary coverts contrasting with the secondaries.
I am unsure what this next SW wind will bring because it is a little early for the third wave to arrive. We shall have to wait and see. Or better yet, get outside and see what the next couple days will bring!

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