October 15th – Still Moving

New volunteers Tracy (left) and Ann (with the weapon) giving David what for. -DOL

A cold start to the morning with a frost coating the top of the closed nets and the poles – difficulty in unfurling the nets to start with and then it was frustrating as the trammel lines would only slide back down the pole. White-throated sparrows could be heard as I moved quietly to each net lane in the darkness and I was trying to get the nets opened before they started to move around. The sun’s warmth felt good with the cooler fall temperatures but the wind picked up through the morning causing nets to billow and fill with leaves. (Nancy)

Banded 52:
1 Blue Jay
1 Brown Creeper
8 Ruby-crowned Kinglets

Note the fault bar on the tail of this Hermit Thrush – an indicator of nutritional distress when it was growing these tail feathers. -MMG

6 Hermit Thrushes
1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Tennessee Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
5 Myrtle Warblers
3 Chipping Sparrows
5 Field Sparrows
4 Song Sparrows
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
5 White-throated Sparrows
9 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 48 spp.

More Pics:

Young Cedar Waxwing (note the “splotchy” breast) eating juniper berries in the large junipers behind the mansion. -CR

An adult male Cedar Waxwing. The age is based on the clear breast and red feather tips. The sex is based on its black chin (female would be brown). -CR

American Goldfinches have just started to show up in large numbers (finally). Many of them are quite young still. In this picture the juvenile male on the left is quivering its wings to stimulate the adult (on the right) to feed it. -CR

It paid off! -CR


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