May 17th – Even More Variety

It seemed a quiet day after the hectic pace of yesterday but with a steady trickle of birds through the nets and the odd new sighting we surpassed the previous day’s banding total with 60 banded today, and species total, with 71 species being encountered today.
The Prothonotary Warbler was not observed today and neither were several of the other species of warbler encountered yesterday. In their place was the season’s first Willow Flycatcher. It doesn’t seem a fair trade.

The first Scarlet Tanager was banded – a stunning ASY male, and a group of Purple Martin briefly descended upon the nesting box in the parking lot. Sadly, they did not find it to their liking.

Banded: 60
Magnolia Warbler 2
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 1
American Goldfinch 1
Field Sparrow 2
Yellow-Rumped Warbler 6
Yellow Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 5
Tennessee Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 5
Canada Warbler 1
Western Palm Warbler 1
House Wren 2
Indigo Bunting 4
Swamp Sparrow 1
Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
Swainson’s Thrush 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Grey Catbird 7
Baltimore Oriole 2
Wood Thrush 1
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak 4
European Starling 2
Blue Jay 1

Retrapped: 25
Yellow Warbler 5
House Wren 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Warbling Vireo 1
Brown-Headed Cowbird 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Tufted Titmouse 1
Baltimore Oriole 3
Grey Catbird 2 – one banded as a HY in 2003
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak 3
Red-Winged Blackbird 1 – banded as an ASY in 2006


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