September 27th – Saved By Cedar Waxwings

Lincoln's Sparrow - first one of the Fall.

It was an odd morning: rain through the night dropped 3 mm but stopped by the time to open; we were just finishing opening the last net when we got another mm.; it stopped again and, over the course of the morning, slowly cleared although every now and again heavy clouds would roll in, threatening more rain. But by noon, the skies were mostly clear and it was hot….again.

HY male Black-throated Green Warbler.

The forest edges were very quiet. We had to work really hard to get enough birds to put on a banding demo for the 30 students from Brantford. After almost 6 hours we had banded only 15 or so birds. But when we went to close net 8X there were 14 Cedar Waxwings and a Gray Catbird in it. They had been intent on feasting on the large bunches of grapes that surround this net and….presto.

Banded 30:
3 Gray Catbirds
14 Cedar Waxwings
2 Nashville Warblers
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
3 Blackpoll Warblers
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow (1st of the Fall)
4 White-throated Sparrows
1 House Finch

Retrapped 7:
2 Black-capped Chickadees
1 Gray Catbird
1 Common Yellow throat
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Song Sparrow (banded in 2008)
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 42 spp.

Birds banded per 100 net hours: 22


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