October 16th – A Wet One

Very late Nashville Warbler. -DOL

We got heavy rain during the night; it diminished somewhat in the morning but persisted until about 11:30. Hannah and I ran the 3 “close” nets for half an hour to catch some birds for the school group and then closed down right away. No bird was in the net for more than just a few minutes. Thank goodness for goldfinches.

When the rain stopped I reopened 1, 1A, and 2 and added 4. There was a fair amount of activity and I’m kicking myself I didn’t open more nets (but I was afraid of the rain starting again and having to run around to close).

Every now and again we catch birds that have some sort of physical anomaly. Check out the bill on this White-throated Sparrow. Despite the much shorter upper mandible the bird seemed to be in quite good shape with lots of fat and relatively heavy.

White-throated Sparrow with a mis-shapened upper mandible. -DOL

Another look at that sparrow’s bill. -DOL

Banded 41:
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Black-capped Chickadee
7 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
3 American Robins

Blue-headed Vireo -DOL

1 Blue-headed Vireo
4 Tennessee Warblers
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Myrtle Warbler
2 Song Sparrows
6 White-throated Sparrows
14 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 29 spp.

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