Migration Monitoring – May 2nd, 2007

The full moon was disappearing into a bank of clouds just above the horizon as I arrived. It was cool enough, the thermometer reading just barely above zero, but no frost. The sun soon warmed the still morning air. It was a glorious day to be outdoors.
I didn’t experience the frenzy of birds that Rick had yesterday. It was a more peaceful day, with a steady flow of birds, lots of variety, with no real numbers of any one thing. Many new birds for the season though. Baltimore Oriole has made his cheerful, boisterous presence known. Western Palm, Savannah Sparrow, Eastern White-crowned Sparrow, and Vesper Sparrow were all new arrivals. It is odd that we have not seen White-crowned Sparrows ‘till now. I have had them at home for 3 weeks, and I live only 2 miles from the park!

Banded 29:
1 Blue Jay
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Western Palm Warbler
5 Chipping Sparrows
3 Field Sparrows
1 Vesper Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow,
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
1 Red Winged Blackbird
11 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 16:
1 Downey Woodpecker
1 Tree Swallow
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
6 Chipping Sparrows
1 White-throated Sparrow
6 American Goldfinches

I think the Tree Swallow that was retrapped was foreign banded.

Estimated Totals
: 48 species


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