October 31st – Before The Rain

This very late Nashville Warbler was a pleasant surprise. -DOL

When I arrived there was a fine mist in the air but no actual precipitation. Hannah and I took a chance and opened about half of the nets. We were able to run them for about an hour and a half before the mist turned to drizzle and then to rain. There was a considerable amount of activity in the Butterfly Meadow which shows just how important this sort of habitat is to migrating birds as well as pollinators, young rabbits (which I’ve been seeing every morning for the past week), butterflies….and on and on. We have a lot of goldenrod this year and American Goldfinches are taking advantage of their seeds – to the point of eschewing the 2 nijer feeders over by the banding lab. Sparrows seem to like to hunker down in the plant tangles seeking protection from predators and the elements while being surrounded by food.

Nancy modelling the new look in banding attire….. -DOL

Banded 37:
1 Swamp Sparrow
4 White-throated Sparrows
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
8 Dark-eyed Juncos
22 American Goldfinches

This juvenile White-crowned Sparrow’s bill was not right: there were two flanges – one on either side of the bill that prevented it from closing fully or tightly and the upper mandible was shorter than the bottom. I cut off the flanges so that the bill would close fully but, obviously could do nothing about the under-bite. -DOL

This picture shows the difference in length between the upper and lower mandibles quite well. -DOL

ET’s: 25 spp.

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