Thursday, May 13, 2010

First Canada Warbler for the spring!

Strong cool winds kept the swallows and martins swooping low to find food. This allowed us the opportunity to catch and adult male Purple Martin and Barn Swallow in the nets. The same species were dominant that have been for the past few days with Nashville Warbler and Yellow Warblers taking the lead. Nineteen species of warbler were seen or heard on site today including Tennessee, Nashville, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Cape May, Black-throated Blue, Myrtle, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Western Palm, Black-and-white, American Redstart, Prothonotary, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, and Canada.

One hundred and three new banded birds with 43 recaptures were the catch of the day which included 31 bird species in 145.6 birds/100 net hours of effort.
Top 5 species:
Nashville Warbler (NAWA)-14
Yellow Warbler (YWAR)-10
White-crowned Sparrow (WCSP)- 7
Veery (VEER)- 7
Red-winged Blackbird (RWBL)-6

Enjoy the nice looks at this Canada Warbler! Winds are to be southwest overnight; so tomorrow is looking like a day to be out early to enjoy the second wave of songbirds.

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