Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Third day of lake winds produce low numbers but decent diversity

High pressure system overhead produced light winds overnight and lake winds during the day. With a lake wind for the third day, we expected smaller numbers of unbanded or new birds to be around. The variety of course is still here and will keep the birders happy. There was a few Blackburnian Warbler males singing, but of course they wanted to stay up in the trees for the day. They are still nice to hear even if I do not get to see them.

One hundred and eighteen new birds were netted including 66 recaptures. Warblers captured and seen/heard today were Tennessee, Nashville, Northern Parula, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Cape May, Black-throated, Myrtle, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Western Palm, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, American Redstart, Prothonotary, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Wilson’s, and Canada.

It is always great to see the returning Yellow Warblers and Common Yellowthroats. I can tell by the band numbers that they are not this year’s birds, as well as the band looks worn. Oh, to know what these birds have seen and where they have been!

Highlights for the day were a White-eyed Vireo and a Mourning Dove. The nets do not normally hold a large round bird like the dove for very long. We have to be in the right place at the right time to get the bird out of the net before it gets itself out.

Top 8 species:
Myrtle Warbler – 12
Magnolia Warbler – 11
White-throated Sparrow – 9
Nashville Warbler – 8
Yellow Warbler – 8
Common Yellowthroat – 8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 8
Gray Catbird – 8

This male Black-throated Blue Warbler is looking mighty fine, don't you think?! If you look at the bird's primary coverts they are brownish and edged with green. This means it is a second-year bird and was hatched last summer. He will molt in black and blue primary coverts after this summer. He will look even better then!

Enjoy the Songs of spring!

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