Sunday, August 19, 2012

Migrants Return

A good mix of birds were seen today and we finally had the return of some expected migrants. Of course, we have our locals to round up and we caught a couple of new Carolina Wrens, both molting.

Carolina Wren

We also recaptured a male Northern Cardinal and got a new adult female.

Carolina Wren

A couple of weeks late, but we were happy to capture some Northern Waterthrushes out near the lake.

Northern Waterthrush

We almost walked right past another warbler as we gathered some Waterthrushes. Up at the top of the net was a male Northern Parula. So tiny and beautiful.

Northern Parula

Another pleasant surprise was our first Ovenbird of the season. Right on time.


Out in the swampy area next to Net 18 Andrew spied a first time sighting hiding behind the branches. A Prothonotary Warbler was feeding by the water but would not pose for a good photo. Can you find it?

Prothonotary Warbler

We hoped the bird would fly into the nets but it was not to be. Nor did the other warblers nearby, like this Prairie Warbler.

Prairie Warbler

Our day ended with one more Northern Parula.

Northern Parula

Watching the Tropics. We should be able to get through next Sunday but we could have a hurricane on our hands soon afterwards.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, August 26th.
All nets will be opened by 6:30 A.M.

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