Monday, May 11, 2009

Nice variety despite the north winds

Another day of light north winds brought the expectation of lots of recaptures. However, with that we still managed a few new returning Yellow Warblers and Gray Catbirds. One hundred and six returning birds which are potential breeders in the area and two foreign recoveries (Sharp-shinned Hawk and Gray Catbird) have been recorded as of this date. The highlight of the day is very debatable but here it goes: was it the male Scarlet Tanager or the Male Mourning Warbler? Hmmm….
Three hundred twenty seven new birds and 105 recaptures were captured today. Whew! Those recaptures often take a little extra time to extract from the net with their jewelry attached to their leg. Twenty-one warbler species captured today. The Blackburnian Warbler was missing but there were plenty still singing overhead!
Guess who this teenage male is? This is what a second-year male American Redstart looks like in spring. A scruffy looking bird!

The Myrtle and Western Palm Warbler are still in the race for keeping on the top 5 list.

Top 8 species:
Myrtle Warbler – 44
Nashville Warbler – 27
Western Palm Warbler – 26
Yellow Warbler – 25
White-throated Sparrow – 23
Gray Catbird – 18
Ovenbird -14
Swainson’s Thrush – 14

Here is a tail quiz. You can ID this warbler by its tail.
Enjoy the Day!

I hope you guessed Prothonotary Warbler!

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