September 2nd & 3rd

September 3rd

A hot, humid, still, clear (well, after the fog burned off at least) day. As in the previous few posts most of the avian action was focused on the front of the mansion with flocks of Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks and Chipping Sparrows in predominance. A large group of Eastern Bluebirds foraged on and around the mansion and a foreboding cloud of approximately 2000 Common Grackles darkened the sky during the morning.

Banded: 19
Chestnut-Sided Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 2
Wilson’s Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2 (first ground trap captures of the fall)
Black-Capped Chickadee 2
Eastern Wood Pewee 1
Red-Eyed Vireo 1
Song Sparrow 3
Veery 1
White-Breasted Nuthatch 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
Grey Catbird 1
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak 1
Mourning Dove 1

Retrapped: 6
Black-Capped Chickadee 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Grey Catbird 3


September 2nd

Fall migration is so much more “leisurely” for the birds than Spring’s. There isn’t that mad rush to get to the breeding grounds and get that nest going. There was a nice variety of birds around this morning, moving through the trees feeding as they went, none in much of a hurry. The cherry tree out the front of the Mansion was still the place to see this going on.

There was an interesting mix of warblers around as well – check out the banding records for the day for some of them.

Banded 20:
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
1 Black-capped Chickadee
1 House Wren
1 Gray Catbird
2 Red-eyed Vireos
2 Blue-winged Warblers
1 Brewster’s Warbler
3 Magnolia Warblers
1 Mourning Warbler
3 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
3 Song Sparrows

Retrapped 3:
2 Gray Catbirds
1 Ovenbird

ET’s: 41 spp


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