Fall migration is on!

Sept 1, 2022 – Lowville

My first day back at the Lowville station for the fall was a lovely day, and it was amazing to see how many birds are already on the move heading towards the wintering grounds. There were still a few breeding species singing (like Scarlet Tanagers and Red-eyed Vireos). However, the flocks of quietly foraging warblers, and pik-pik calls of flocks of Purple Finches moving overhead were unmistakable signs that fall migration is underway. It was a steady kind of banding day with a great diversity of species. There were at least a few birds in the nets each round, and most of them migrants. In total, 31 birds caught with 18 species represented! You can see totals and pics below.

1 Hairy Woodpecker
5 Gray Catbird
1 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Swainson’s Thrush
1 House Wren
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
3 Wilson’s Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
2 American Redstart
1 Tennessee Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Blackpoll Warbler
3 Ovenbird
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Baltimore Oriole

1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler

TOTAL: 31 (29 banded, 2 recaps)

Probably the highlight of the day was catching 3 Wilson’s Warblers. You can see a particularly stunning male above.

A lovely Blackpoll Warbler

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Northern Waterthrush

This Shadow Darner got caught up in one of the nets, but luckily I was able to extract and release him/her unharmed

~ Ashley

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