May 3rd, 2008 – a Smattering of Warblers

I really like unsettled weather when I’m banding. I mean, how can you lose? If it’s really unsettled and raining hard, you just roll over and go back to sleep. If it’s just a little unsettled (like this morning) then you get to see some interesting birds that have been brought to ground by the weather. So this morning I encountered 8 species of warblers: Nashville Warbler*, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Western Palm Warbler, Black and White Warbler*, Ovenbird*, and Common Yellowthroat*. Those marked with an asterisk were firsts for the year. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Northern Orioles are starting to chase each other, trying to carve out nesting territories. It’s starting to get “busy”.

I had plenty of help this morning: Cheryl-Anne, Faye, Suzanne, and Jen. And…they brought goodies. So it was a good morning all round.

Banded 27:
1 Mourning Dove
1 Tree Swallow
2 House Wrens
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Gray Catbird
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Yellow Warbler
2 Western Palm Warblers
2 Common Yellowthroats
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
2 Chipping Sparrows
1 Field Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrows
5 White-throated Sparrows
1 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Brown-headed Cowbird

Retrapped 18:
2 Black-capped Chickadees
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 American Robin
3 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
2 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
1 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Brown-headed Cowbirds
1 Northern Oriole

ET’s: 57 species


4 thoughts on “May 3rd, 2008 – a Smattering of Warblers

  1. Rick, I think you forgot to put (not supposed to be there!) beside the dark-eyed junco, didn’t you?

    Signed, a smart ass ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. The unsettled weather brought a bunch of migrants down in the Rockwood area this weekend too. On Saturday morning notable migrants were Black-throated Green (lots), Black-and-White, Nashville, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers(lots), Northern Waterthrush (lots), and Great Crested Flycatcher.


  3. You’re right Suzanne (or is that Smart Ass)….we shouldn’t be seeing Juncos at this time of year but…..there it most certainly was…..YOU WERE RIGHT!

  4. AHEM! That was ME that spotted the Junco on the census and found it in the ground trap from the spot that I spied it from ๐Ÿ™‚ *cough*

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