Sunday, October 6, 2013

More of the Same

Still no big results today and most of the species we caught were the same as yesterday. Where the heck are those thrushes? They are found in almost every other nearby park lately. So, we will have to settle for another Painted Bunting first thing, this time a female.

Painted Bunting

You shouldn't be surprised to see more Common Yellowthroats. They were nice and grabby today.

Common Yellowthroat

Brown Thrashers are noisily present all over the banding site and we seem to catch another new one every time out, now.

Brown Thrasher

Carolina Wrens are traveling in pairs or more and getting captured the same way. Two at a time.

Carolina Wren

A young White-eyed Vireo joined us before the end of the day. These younger birds are very feisty and nip away at your fingers until you release them.

White-eyed Vireo

Seems that buntings are not the only things that enjoy the grasses. This fly has been seen often but we have yet to ID it.


Most of our Common Yellowthroats were females today. More drab but still pretty.

Common Yellowthroat

Ranger Frank was visiting as we banded some birds but was lamenting missing the bunting from yesterday. Just before he left we recaptured the male Painted Bunting. Pictures were again taken by all.

Painted Bunting

Then, Ranger Frank was allowed to release our Painted Bunting. Brings a little spring to your step being able to hold such a beautiful creature on your break.

Painted Bunting

Looking like is should be a great weather day next Sunday. Fall is trying to get here. In fact, this is the first week in a long time without 90s in the forecast.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, October 13th.
All nets will be opened by 6:55 A.M.

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