Wednesday, September 2, 2009

High pressure still in place... not much new

High pressure is still overhead and the marsh was very quiet today. It is still early I tell myself. A highlight was a hatching year Ruby-throated Hummingbird. You can see a couple iridescent gorget (throat) feathers showing. Twenty-four new birds and 8 recaptures made the day including nine warbler species (Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Black-and-White, American Redstart, Mourning, Common Yellowthroat, and Canada).

Aging Ovenbirds can be done by looking at the tertial feathers. If they are edged with a rusty color then they are hatching year birds (see where blue arrow is pointing). This marking is not very visible unless you look close.
Top four species:
Gray Catbird – 6
Magnolia Warbler – 5
Ovenbird – 3
American Goldfinch -2

Every fall day is an adventure. You never know what may show up. I was wishing I was fishing today. It probably would have been a more productive fish day. Who knows?!

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