Sunday, October 23, 2016

Variety Into the Next Transition

We had a nice flow of birds today with many species. The weather was a crisp 54 degrees and the wind gradually increased toward the end of our outing. Our first bird of the day was a male Cardinal we first banded last August.

Northern Cardinal

Second was a surprise unbanded Carolina Wren, a juvenile.

Carolina Wren

Many young Gray Catbirds were around today and we banded several.

Gray Catbird

Narrowly edging out the Catbirds were the chattery House Wrens.

House Wren

Most of the Common Yellowthroats have seemed to have moved through as we caught only one juvenile male this morning.

Common Yellowthroat

We have been wondering how long before we would catch our first Eastern Phoebe of the season as they have been so vocal the past few weeks. Today was the day!

Eastern Phoebe

An adult White-eyed Vireo was captured about the same time.

White-eyed Vireo

Next to the Vireo was a female Black-throated Blue Warbler. Three were caught during our day.

Black-throated Blue Warbler

A very colorful Ovenbird was banded. Very orange and olive.


Now that the river level is dropping, the resident Limpkins are returning to feed in the sandy bottom.


There was a discussion early in the day about what species should be returning. The last bird of the morning was one of those we were expecting. Our first Swamp Sparrow of the season down by the lake. Right where they should be.

Swamp Sparrow

Nice to have the cooler temperatures returning. Still more species should be coming back in for the Winter as we transition past the peak migration period. Kinglets are making noise along the river. Still waiting for the Palm and Yellow rumped Warblers to show up on property.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, October 30th.
All nets will be opened by 7:05 A.M.

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