Monday, October 5, 2009

Still Waiting for the Birds

WInds blowing from the south and east are still keeping the bird numbers down. But we did manage to get some birds. A number of them were seen escaping before we could reach the nets. We were in good company though as many visitors made it out for this extra warm October start.


Maria took the camera reigns today and captured a Ruby-throated Hummingbird down near the lake as it began to fly away.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

We had another Common Yellowthroat that kept reacting to the digital signals.

Common Yellowthroat

Another Gray Catbird gets its band.

Gray Catbird

A White-eyed Vireo was recaptured. Its eye was still fairly dark which should indicate a younger bird. However, records show we caught this bird a year ago which has to make it an adult. Some reports of darker eyed Vireos have been recorded in Florida.

We will have to age them by plumage and mouth linings from now on.

White-eyed Vireo

Well, maybe we will have better luck next Sunday.
Next Banding Day: Sunday, October 11th.

We will open nets by 6:50 A.M.

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