Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A Prothonotary Sort of Day.

When I think of a Prothonotary Warbler visions of damp, shaded, hot Southern swamps come to mind. With the air temperatures now unseasonably warm and a brisk southerly breeze blowing through the Spanish Moss, a Prothonotary arrived in net B7 just after ten. My first in hand and I had the bird as an ASY female. Do you agree?

With the addition of Ovenbird, House Wren and Common Grackle it was a very nice day at First Landing. (And the wind kept five of our 21 nets closed.) The day's final tally was very respectable: 31 new birds banded, three recaps and two hummers released at the net-eighteen species in all. Gray Catbirds placed with four, but Yellow Palm Warblers numbered eight to take the day. Among the eight was a SY individual with the white primaries and primary coverts pictured. This example of partial albinism is highly unusual. Google the term and you will find this to be the case. Note the dramatic wear on the tips of the white primary feathers of each wing.


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