May 12th – Between Rains

What an ugly day! Raw NE wind, 8 degrees, and rain. Slept for an extra hour before heading over to the banding lab. We did a census in the rain and then, when the showers eased off, opened most of the nets. We were able to keep them open for 2 hours before the “rain” – now a penetrating drizzle – started up again. Aerial insectivores will be hard put to find sustenance on a day like today.

The census was unremarkable at best. Warblers were few and far between; must be hunkered down, conserving energy; and there was little action over/along the river. We did turn up the first Tennessee Warbler of the year though.

Banded 24:
1 Least Flycatcher
1 Blue Jay
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Veery
1 Swainson’s Thrush (1st of the year)
1 Gray Catbird
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
4 Yellow Warblers
5 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
1 Field Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
2 Baltimore Orioles (bringing our total to 54 – 3 over the previous record of 51 banded last year)
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 55 spp.

1 thought on “May 12th – Between Rains

  1. I counted 5 Rose Breasted Grossbeaks in our back yard today, 1 blue jay, 2 Cardinals, 1 yellow finch, 2 Orioles, and 2 Cow Birds.

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