September 23rd & 24th – ‘Tween Times

Early morning fog. -MMG

This is an interesting time for the migration: most of the long-distance migrants have left while most of the shorter-distance migrants are just starting to move through. So you can get an intriguing mix: Blackpoll Warblers, which fly over the open Atlantic to South America in the same net as a White-throated Sparrow, which is heading for the mid-Atlantic States (while some might even spend the Winter here). Or….a Gray-cheeked Thrush (South America) together with a Common Yellowthroat (Florida).

The variety can give, on “good” days, a substantial count. Yesterday we had a surfeit of volunteer teenagers. What to do….hmmmm…..? The Great Morning Census Competition! The group was broken down into two teams (of three): the Triple A’s vs the A Pluses (their names). Now Ethan set the Fall census record of 39 on Saturday. Both teams were given the task of bettering it. One group went the regular way, the other did it backwards. Neither group broke the record but combined….they set a new mark of 43! and the older banders/birders were treated to 90 minutes of relative peace and quiet. So everyone was a winner.

There must have been a sizeable exodus during the night of the 23rd as we went from a count of 58 species on the 23rd to just 38 today!

September 23rd; Banded 19:
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Blue Jay
1 Brown Creeper
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
1 Gray Catbird
1 Philadelphia Vireo
2 Nashville Warblers
1 Magnolia Warbler
2 Bay-breasted Warblers
3 Blackpoll Warblers
2 Common Yellowthroats
2 Wilson’s Warblers
1 Indigo Bunting

ET’s: 58 spp.

September 24th; Banded 28:

Young Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – first one banded for the season. -KMP

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 Downy Woodpeckers
4 Black-capped Chickadees

For comparison: male White-breasted Nuthatch on the left has a jet black cap; the female (right) has a gray one. -KMP

1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
1 American Robin
1 Blue-headed Vireo
3 Philadelphia Vireos
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroats

An up and comer: Ava with a Wilson’s Warbler she just banded. -AJB

2 Wilson’s Warblers
1 Swamp Sparrow
4 White-throated Sparrows
3 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 38 spp.

Some Pictures from the past few days:

Male American Wigeon seen during the census on Saturday. -ECG

Asters bejewelled with dew. -MMG

Tiny Winter Wren. -ECG

Handsome male Northern Parula. -MMG

Just one of thousands of webs in the Butterfly Meadow – easily seen with the early morning dew. -MMG


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