May 4th, 2008

At first light there was a strong westerly wind (gusts up to 46.8 km/hr – according to our handy dandy weather station) and thick dark clouds threatening rain – felt a lot like November. The winds played havoc with the exposed nets so I left them furled and just opened those that were tucked away. Even so, 22 of the 33 birds we handled were caught in ground traps. Again, there was a small collection of warblers in the trees by the cemetery – mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers. There were two “new” birds for the year: Wood Thrush and Yellow-throated Vireo. Still waiting for a “big day”.

Banded 17:
1 Mourning Dove
1 Blue Jay
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Nashville Warblers
2 Yellow Warblers
2 Yellow-rumped Warblers
1 Chipping Sparrow
3 White-throated Sparrows
3 Brown-headed Cowbirds
1 American Goldfinch

Retrapped 16:
2 Blue Jays
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
2 Song Sparrows
2 White-throated Sparrows
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
1 Red-winged Blackbird
5 Brown-headed Cowbirds

ETs: 55 species


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