June 3rd-5th, 2008

Tuesday, June 3rd
Rained out, although it playfully did not actually start to rain until I got out of my car to open the gate….

Wednesday, June 4th

A very foggy, misty day with very little moving. The retrapped Blackpoll Warbler was banded on May 31st and weighed 13.3g. Today it weighed 16.5g – a 24% increase in body weight in 4 days. Did I mention there were a lot of mosquitoes?

Banded: 5
Yellow Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Song Sparrow 1
Cedar Waxwing 1

Retrapped: 4
Blackpoll Warbler 1 (which has taken full advantage of the insect buffet that is Ruthven’s Carolinian Slough Forest)
House Wren 1
Song Sparrow 2

Thursday, June 5th

The threatened rain did not materialize, but the humidity kept the voracious swarms of mosquitoes in fine biting fettle. Happily there were a few birds around to feed on the swarm, including a surprise Black-and-White Warbler.

Banded: 22
American Goldfinch 5
Chipping Sparrow 2
Black-and-White Warbler 1
House Finch 1
Eastern Bluebird 3 (all adults)
Orchard Oriole 1
Song Sparrow 1
Grey Catbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 3
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak 1
American Robin 1
Common Grackle 1 (newly fledged)

Retrapped: 14
American Goldfinch 4 (including a female banded as an AHY in August 2002 and not encountered since 2003)
Blue-Winged Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 6
House Wren 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Robin 1


2 thoughts on “June 3rd-5th, 2008

  1. The mosquitoes frolicked and drained my blood too, leaving mischievous itching welts.

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