May 6th, 2008 – Things are heating up.

You could really “sense” that massive movement of biomass this morning – we encountered 61 species in the course of the day, including 6 “firsts” for the year: Traill’s Flycatcher (either an Alder Flycatcher or Willow Flycatcher but you can’t tell them apart unless you hear them singing), Least Flycatcher, Cedar Waxwing, Scarlet Tanager, Magnolia Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush. We did not catch birds in lage numbers but got them steadily – and I believe that if I hadn’t had to go to work I could have caught birds throughout the day (often the numbers caught die off in the course of the morning). Work….can certainly get in the way of what you really want to do….

Banded 43 (largest total to date):
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Traill’s Flycatcher
1 Least Flycatcher
2 Blue Jays
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
2 Gray Catbirds
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
4 Yellow-rumped Warblers
4 Western Palm Warblers
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
1 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrows
5 Swamp Sparrows
4 White-throated Sparrows
2 Eastern White-crowned Sparrows
3 Red-winged Blackbirds
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 Northern (Baltimore) Oriole
1 American Goldfinch

Retrap 19:
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Blue Jay
1 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 House Wrens
2 Gray Catbirds
2 Yellow Warblers
3 Song Sparrows
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 Northern Oriole
2 American Goldfinches

Some of the retraps were interesting:
American Goldfinch:
One banded August 2006; another, May 2004
Yellow Warbler:
Both banded in May 2006
Downy Woodpecker:
July 2006
Song Sparrow:
September 2004
White-breasted Nuthatch:
May 2004
Gray Catbird:
July 2006

ET’s: 61 species

Rick

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