May 7th – Gorgeous Day!

Magical early morning: clear blue skies, bracing temperature but no wind to speak of, mist rising off the pond, and a clear, loud “dawn chorus”. I think these ideal migration conditions caused many migrants to pass over, making the most of them to get as far as possible. There weren’t many new migrants around – most of the ones I was seeing were going to be breeding residents, like Baltimore Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, etc. But there were a few warblers and a small wave of flickers. The pace was such that I could do a round, band a few, put more wood chips down on the trails, and then do another round in marvellous conditions. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Banded 18:
1 Tree swallow
1 Gray Catbird
2 Swamp Sparrows
3 Red-winged Blackbirds
1 Common Grackle
1 Western Palm Warbler
9 Myrtle Warblers

ET’s: 41 spp.

Leave a Reply