October 4th & 5th – Bad Cop, Good Cop

A late Yellow-billed Cuckoo. -KMP

As I’ve mentioned on a few occasions, Mother Nature is a capricious #%$*&. Good to you one day, terrible the next. Or, in this case, the other way around: Yesterday it was dead; no matter how much we urged, kowtowed, whinged we got no birds. Today we had good numbers from the opening round – without an appreciable change in the weather conditions. Just MN’s whimsy…..

An unusually aggressive young Cedar Waxwing.

Laura feeding herself to a waxwing.

October 4th; Banded 8:
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Gray Catbird
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Song Sparrow
1 American Goldfinch

October 5th; Banded 45:
2 Mourning Doves
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo

There were a number of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers around today. -KMP

2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
5 Golden-crowned Kinglets
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Swainson’s thrush
2 Hermit Thrushes
1 Gray Catbird
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Tennessee Warbler
4 Yellow-rumped Warblers
1 Song Sparrow
13 White-throated Sparrows

First White-crowned Sparrow of the season. -KMP

2 Eastern White-crowned Sparrows
1 Dark-eyed Juncos
1 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 44 spp.

Painted Lady. -KMP

Male Downy Woodpecker – note the red eye indicating an AHY bird. -KMP

If you look closely you can see the nicitating membrane on the bird’s eye – it protects the eye and moistens it. -KMP

Yellow-billed Cucko. -KMP

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