Thoughts are with our friends to the North as Hurricane Sandy prepares to lash their coast but we headed out to see what happens farther South as the storm stirs up the winds our way. Will we get anything new? Anything unusual?
Well, nothing too unusual off the bat, but we did have some nice captures. Mainly, we began catching Hermit Thrushes. We did not start getting them until mid-November last year but we caught two today.
Not long afterward, we began catching Swainson's Thrushes. Thought they had drifted South by now.
As expected due to past experience, Indigo Bunting numbers are dropping off sharply despite all of the grasses still providing food. We only caught two buntings today. A female...
...and a Fall male.
A few House Wrens are still being captured. They should be here through the upcoming Spring.
We also recaptured a White-eyed Vireo. Always nice nice behold.
As the winds picked up, the birds stayed low. Not a lot of activity for a bit. Looking around the lanes we did find some butterflies like this beautiful Viceroy.
There has been a pretty little flower showing up from time to time by one of the nets. We keep meaning to research it so today we got a photo and can say it is a type of Rhexia.
The morning warmed and we were wondering if we were going to start catching Ruby-crowned Kinglets. They have been arriving and today was the day. We caught a female we first banded last January. Nice to see her return for the Winter.
We saved the Bird-of-the-Day for last. Rounding out our 3 Thrush day we were quite surprised and pleased to get a Gray-cheeked Thrush. It has been a while since we have captured one.
Not a bad day even with the gusting winds. Next week should see calmer weather and, hopefully, even more exciting discoveries.
NOTE: Daylight Savings Time begins at midnight Saturday. Fall back!
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, November 4th.
All nets will be opened by 6:10 A.M.