September 5th – Sweating It Out

Monarch Butterfly caterpillar taking advantage of this hot weather to grow and develop into an adult in order to get going for Mexico before the cold weather comes. -R. Walpole

When I arrived early this morning the constellation Orion was high in the east, almost overhead. This is the constellation of the Fall banding season. Orion will progress slowly across the sky each morning heading toward the west. This morning it was particularly noticeable as there were no clouds whatsoever. I had been hoping for some cloud cover just to damp down the unrelenting sun but it just wasn’t to be. With conditions like this it’s not good to run nets into the heat of the day – so we closed about an hour and a half early. Even so, it was approaching 30 degrees!

The banding crew from the holiday Monday – we had a lot of fun. -R. Walpole

These past two days have been quite slow, yesterday, the 4th, was dismal – only 8 birds banded. So it was a good thing that we had a pleasant crew of people to buoy our spirits.

Today was somewhat better (we more than doubled our catch) but still lagging behind what we should be catching at this time of year.

September 4th; Banded 8:
1 House Wren
1 Veery

Swainson’s Thrush – first of the season. -CMS

1 Swainson’s Thrush
1 Gray Catbird
1 Red-eyed Vireo

Blackpoll Warbler – on its way to New England and thence non-stop over the Atlantic to South America. -CMS

1 Blackpoll Warbler
2 Northern Cardinals

ET’s: 39 spp.

September 5th; Banded 17:
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-pewee
1 Traill’s Flycatcher
1 Blue Jay
2 House Wrens
2 Swainson’s Thrushes
6 Red-eyed Vireos
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

ET’s: 49 spp.

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