May 16th, 2008

The May 16th post was missed earlier in the week. However, subsequent posts have been made, so scroll down to make sure you’ve read everything.

The weather forecast called for scattered showers and unsettled conditions, and the sky looked ominous as dawn broke. Given the season the day should yield a bumper crop of spring migrants.

The nets were opened and the troops gathered (funny how they gather after the nets are opened huh? coincidence? I think not) to await the onslaught of neotropical migrants. Other than a brief squabble over who would perform census, all was calm.

And all remained calm as, other than the now usual onslaught of retrapped Brown-Headed Cowbirds, not much happened. Text messages reporting the expected sightings of Worm-Eating and Cerulean Warblers were deleted. Binoculars, cameras, and bird bags were stood down, and many crests were fallen.

Better luck next cold front.

Banded: 32
American Goldfinch 5
Magnolia Warbler 1
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet 1
Yellow Warbler 6
Yellow-Rumped Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Eastern White-Crowned Sparrow 2
Swainson’s Thrush 1
Brown-Headed Cowbird 2
Veery 1
Baltimore Oriole 3
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak 2
Killdeer 4

Retrapped: 32
American Goldfinch 3
Yellow Warbler 6
Chipping Sparrow 1
House Wren 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Brown-Headed Cowbird 9
Song Sparrow 4
Orchard Oriole 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
White-Breasted Nuthatch 1
Baltimore Oriole 2
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak 2

66 species recorded


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