September 19th – Changing of the Guard

Black-throated Green Warbler.

Black-throated Green Warbler.


We’re at that interesting junction when the bulk of the long-distance migrants have left and the short-distance migrants will take their place. Oh sure, we’re still getting some species (warblers for example) that will head to Latin America, but their numbers are diminishing, although they’ll continue to the end of the month. But now is the time for the coming of the hordes of short-distance birds.
I love the subtle colouring of these Orange-crowned Warblers.

I love the subtle colouring of these Orange-crowned Warblers.


Why the Orange-crowned Warbler got its name.

Why the Orange-crowned Warbler got its name.


We did our first Dark-eyed Junco today! A young female. And we got the first Orange-crowned Warbler of the season. And 6 White-throated Sparrows. Any time now we will start to get kinglets, Hermit Thrushes, Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows, Rusty Blackbirds,flocks of waxwings and goldfinches and, of course, Saw-whet Owls. October is the month when we catch the most birds and a large proportion of these are short-distance migrants. The Dark-eyed Junco we got today was, for me, a wake-up call: a significant part of the migration is almost over.
The Nashville Warbler also has orange on its crown.

The Nashville Warbler also has orange on its crown.


Banded 39:
1 Mourning Dove
2 Black-capped Chickadees
2 Swainson’s Thrushes
2 Gray Catbirds
1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Tennessee Warblers
4 Nashville Warblers
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
6 Magnolia Warblers
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
3 Blackpoll Warblers
3 Common Yellowthroats
1 Chipping Sparrow
6 White-throated Sparrows
1 Dark-eyed Junco
1 House Finch
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 50 spp.

Dave Maida with his first banded bird.

Dave Maida with his first banded bird, a Gray Catbird.


Rick

1 thought on “September 19th – Changing of the Guard

  1. Neat about orange crowned we just caught 7 palm warblers and have not caught a orange crowned yet and we are getting tons of sparowes wtsp and ewcs get ready also we may be hav a bit of a bcch irruption

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