Saturday, May 12, 2007

Attack of the Yellowthroats?

Sheila and I had a satisfying, turnaround day today. With Sheila scribing and extracting more than her share of catbirds and warblers (including ten warblers from wallpapered net C1 on the 1000 net run), we banded 66 new with 3 recaps. Common Yellowthroats were everywhere, but mostly in the lowest pockets (of course). Most COYE displayed remarkable restraint and refrained from doing their helicopter trick (which leaves them in a great tangle of net, legs, wings and feathers).

Blackpoll Warblers, including the first females of the season, were 9 in number. We also had Black and White, Black-throated Blue (both sexes), Magnolia, American Redstart and Ovenbird. Veery, Red-eyed Vireo and a Cardinal rounded out the day.

Yellow-billed Cuckoos continue to be seen and heard about the station. It is just a matter of time before we catch one, especially as there is some low-elevation chasing going on.


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