Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Two Productive Days.

Monday and Tuesday each were fine spring days to be outdoors. Monday saw a record low temperature for the date in Virginia Beach. It was 7.1 C at the the station. Tuesday also had a cool start. But the sun quickly warmed the air and dried the nets.

Monday brought 15 new and 5 recaps of ten species, including five warbler species, a House Wren and a Swainson's Thrush. There were no new species. Summer Tanagers were singing in the trees above the station most of the morning. No cuckoos.

Tuesday brought a brisk and building SW breeze which may bode well for tomorrow. Thirty-three new were banded with six recaps of only nine species, none new. Common Yellowthroats were most numerous at 13, followed by Blackpoll Warbler with 8 and Gray Catbird 5. Also of note were four Magnolia Warblers and a Great Crested Flycatcher.

John, Renee, Sheila and Ross (CVWO Prothonotary Warbler intern) were at the station. Renee and Sheila each did some of the banding, Sheila for the first time. John, Renee and Sheila also assisted with extracting birds and furling the nets as the wind freshened sharply at mid-morning.


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