Sunday, September 13, 2009

Storm Front Keeps It Quiet

We had a large storm system that flowed in from the West and continued up the state toward the North. This effectively blocked any new migrants from reaching us by the morning. Things were looking rough for us to even open up today but the skies cleared around 5 AM and allowed us to continue.

Birds were few and far between at the nets but we managed to capture a couple of new migrants. The first was a Black and White Warbler. Here, Lane checks the banding book to verify age and sex of this bird.

Black and White Warbler

"Ready for my close-up!"

Black and White Warbler

A short while later we captured a Common Yellowthroat. This young male, told by the emerging black feathers under the eye area, was waiting in the net down near the pier.

Common Yellowthroat

We also banded a young Brown Thrasher at dawn and there many other birds to watch including a female Summer Tanager near the banding table.

Fingers crossed for next Sunday!
Next Banding Day: Sunday, September 20th.

We will open nets by 6:45 A.M.

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