October 17th – Blustery Fall Day

Rob spent the day upgrading our boardwalks and building some new ones. You gotta admire a guy who has tools and knows how to use ’em. -NRF

When I think of Fall weather today is the sort of day I think about: cool/cold, stiff NW wind pushing heavy clouds across the sky. Even though the nets were billowing at times, we still had a good catch, with American Goldfinches making up about a third of it.

We banded two very interesting Gray-cheeked Thrushes. One weighed in at 42.7 grams – a huge amount of energy that could fuel it for a very long flight; the other was even heavier – 50.2 grams – enough fuel to get it to South America non-stop, which might be its strategy.

Bulging furcular fat on this Gray-cheeked Thrush. -NRF

And speaking of fat and thrushes….. On October 10th Marnie banded a Hermit Thrush which weighed 28.9 grams; today we recaptured it at a weight of 34.9 grams, an increase of 6 g in just 7 days!

Two gray birds: Gray Catbird (left) which should be well on its way south and Dark-eyed Junco which, for it, is south – it will spend the winter in the area. -NRF

Banded 67:
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
6 Ruby-crowned Kinglets

This Gray-cheeked Thrush weighed in at 50.2 grams!! -NRF

2 Gray-cheeked Thrushes
9 Hermit Thrushes
4 American Robins

Gray Catbird. -NRF

1 Gray Catbird
2 Cedar Waxwings

Tennessee Warbler. -NRF

1 Tennessee Warbler

Nashville Warbler. -NRF

1 Nashville Warbler
1 Myrtle Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
9 White-throated Sparrows

Dark-eyed Junco. -NRF

3 Dark-eyed Juncos
23 American Goldfinches

Retrapped Red-eyed Vireo – another straggler. -NRF

ET’s: 43 spp.

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