Tuesday, October 6, 2009

First Eastern Towhee heard and seen this fall

The light winds did not happen as predicted so no good movement of kinglets on the ridge today. With southwesterly winds, ten species of warblers were seen including Nashville, Magnolia, Cape May, Black-throated Blue, Myrtle, Western Palm, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Ovenbird, and Common Yellowthroat. Today was the first we had seen or heard an Eastern Towhee for the season. We have yet to band one this fall. Towhees usually are only visitors to the beach ridge they do not stay in winter nor do they breed there.
One-hundred and one new birds were banded with 48 recaptures. Not as many banded Blackpoll Warblers as in the past days. A good movement of White-throated and Swamp Sparrows seemed to have come in overnight. We saw and caught more than we have all fall.

The beach nets were not very active today with nine birds where Blackpoll Warbler was the top species.
Main Inside top species:
Blackpoll Warbler-24
Swainson’s Thrush-12
White-throated Sparrow-9
Golden-crowned Kinglet-6
Gray-cheeked Thrush-5
Hermit Thrush-4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-4
Swamp Sparrow-4
To add some color to the fall season take a look at this guy!
This time of the fall colorful birds are hard to find so enjoy!

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