Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Mayday a Day Late!

The wind was blowing out of the SW, hard. Only fourteen nets were open at dawn. Renee was there at first net run. Sheila and Jeff showed up shortly thereafter. There was some dawn bird song, but I had my scope out to check out the Osprey nest for signs of chicks. Big mistake. Never got a peak at the Osprey.

The first net run yielded some fourteen birds, some badly tangled. We did a second net run before we banded the first bird. Yet, the morning went smoothly. Final tally, 76 new, three recaps, no hummers (for the 2d day). Three new species for the year were banded: SY Rose-breasted Grosbeak (not handsome), Swainson's Thrush and American Redstart. Further, Scarlet Tanager was heard and a Kentucky Warbler was seen by the reliable Sheila. Also, Red-headed Woodpecker, Black-throated Green Warbler and Black-billed Cuckoo were seen.

Thirteen warblers were banded: Redstart, Blue-winged, Black and White, Black-throated Blue, Prairie, Prothonotary, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded, Myrtle, Blackpoll, Ovenbird, Northern Parula and Northern Waterthrush. A fine Mayday.


1 comment:

Stacia said...

Hi Peter, I read about you in the Beacon. I have no banding experience but I'm a new bird watcher (not a very good one either). I would love to come down and help before the end of the season if you need it. When would be a good time/day and what should a wear and expect?