Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Blackpoll Warblers are coming!

Another crazy day for birds in Navarre I am told. Mark said that once again the Blackpolls hit the nets around the 1030-1100 again today. The winds were westerly which were not a hindrance to us capturing birds as an easterly wind would be. Thrushes were almost nonexistent. Yesterday we had around 30 thrushes and today nine graced us with their presence. Highlight for the day, in my opinion since I was not at the banding station today, was an Eastern Wood Pewee. It is getting late for the little flycatchers other than an Eastern Phoebe to be around.

Seven warbler species were seen or captured today including Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Ovenbird, and Common Yellowthroat.

Top Beach species:
Blackpoll Warbler -10
Common Yellowthroat -2

Top Main Inside species:
Blackpoll Warbler -38
Swainson’s Thrush – 6
Magnolia Warbler -3
Bay-breasted Warbler -3

It looks like the best time to go birding is right before lunch. It seems like a very odd time of day but at least that is what has happened the past couple days. The winds are to go NW tonight so tomorrow should be a good day for migrants. I have my fingers crossed.

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