Monday, May 24, 2010

Beautiful Summer Day in the Marsh

I think it is summer the way the weather was today! Despite the crazy weather and it looks like there is no change for the next week, we had 17 warbler species seen or heard in Navarre today including: Tennessee, Nashville, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, American Redstart, Prothonotary, Ovenbird, Mourning, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's, and Canada. There is still a nice variety of birds with many still needing to come through or with the weather lately may go around us. There are still vireos and flycatchers to go north along with some Mourning and Connecticut Warblers.

Ninety-four new banded species and 27 recaptures were the catch of the day. There were several large flocks of Cedar Waxwings flying around but none came to visit the nets.

Top 7 species:
Wilson's Warbler (WIWA)- 12
Magnolia Warbler (MAWA)- 10
Traill's Flycatcher (TRFL)- 9
Swainson's Thrush (SWTH)- 9
Red-eyed Vireo (REVI)- 8
Mourning Warbler (MOWA)- 7
Gray Catbird (GRCA)- 5
A common bird during the latter part of May. (Vireo De Ojo Rojo)

Here is another special cavity nesting bird of late spring. Nice rufous tail and you can see why it is called great-crested.
Most Great Crested Flycatchers you cannot age past after-hatch year but the condition of the primary coverts on this bird allows us to call it a second-year bird.
Take time to enjoy the late spring migrants!

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