September 14th – Shower-shortened Day

A young male Black-throated Blue Warbler....on its way to the Caribbean for the Winter.

A young male Black-throated Blue Warbler….on its way to the Caribbean for the Winter.


It was raining pretty good when I headed out to Ruthven this morning….to the point that it woiuld have been foolish (and dangerous for the birds to open the nets). So I waited….and did some data entry and waited some more. When it began to taper off I scooted around the census root and then, when I was pretty confident that the rain was over, I opened most of the nets.
Young male Wilson's Warbler

Young male Wilson’s Warbler


When we’re sleeping at night, the skies above us are often alive with birds – winging their way to Winter homes. But when they run into a burst of bad weather – like last night’s showers – they come to earth to sit it out. So when I finally got the nets opened I wasn’t overly surprised to see a nice mix of warblers. In fact, 69% of the birds banded today were warblers.
Tennessee Warbler.

Tennessee Warbler.


Banded 26:
1 Blue Jay
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Gray Catbird
1 Philadelphia Vireo
4 Red-eyed Vireos
4 Tennessee Warblers
2 Nashville Warblers
2 Magnolia Warblers
1 Black-throated blue Warbler
2 Black-throated Green Warblers
5 Blackpoll Warblers
2 Wilson’s Warblers
A perky Yellow-throated Vireo.

A perky Yellow-throated Vireo.


And for comparison: Philadelphia Vireo.

And for comparison: Philadelphia Vireo.


ET’s: 36 spp.
Rick

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