Sunday, October 16, 2011

Indigo Buntings Rule the Day

So, we head out in hopes of Buntings and we were not totally disappointed. Indigo Buntings made up the highest number of birds today but we didn't see or catch any Painted Buntings. The Indigos were in all ranges, like this female.

Indigo Bunting

Only one adult male was caught and he sported a punk haircut.

Indigo Bunting

Several HY individuals rounded out the range.

Indigo Bunting

The second-highest total was of House Wrens. Some we even caught twice on the same day! They are moving in all over right now.

House Wren

One of our recaptures was one of our local Northern Cardinals.

Northern Cardinal

One of our other migrants showed up where we expected. Net 18. Made for catching Northern Waterthrush!

Northern Waterthrush

Another recap, a Carolina Wren. We caught several local recaps and one twice.

Carolina Wren

Still not seeing any male American Redstarts out here but we have a lot of females.

American Redstart

Conversely, it seems we catch male Black-throated Blue Warblers and not females. Other sightings nearby are exactly the opposite.

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Charles spotted a Downy Woodpecker near Net 5 but it flew on past. Image our surprise when we did catch it a bit later. A lovely female.

Downy Woodpecker

Always present, but rarely caught, another member of the Tufted Titmouse family was added to the daily count.

Tufted Titmouse

A very pleasant surprise was in Net 3 just below the banding table. Our first of the season Eastern Phoebe. It was nice to hear their calls along the river today.

Eastern Phoebe

Even better, our first ever capture of a Magnolia Warbler. This female was hanging out near the Holly and Fennel in Net 15.

Magnolia Warbler

Such a lovely little warbler.

Magnolia Warbler

As we began closing up for the morning, Andrew recognized a shape out of the corner of his eye. Down in the river, at the mouth of the stream leading from Bosse Lake, an alligator was sunning in the water. It later continued up stream. This was the closest to the table that we have seen one. No wading for us!


Finally, since they did dominate the day, another view of one of our Indigo Buntings.

Indigo Bunting

Another big patch of rain is due this week and a new front should start our days heading into the 50s in the morning. Fall is really here. Can't wait for next week!
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, October 23rd.

All nets will be opened by 7:00 A.M.

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