September 4th

From the very start of the day, when a Sandhill Crane was heard calling overhead, it was obvious that the weather front that moved through last night had brought a number of new migrants.

Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers, Warbling Vireos and Scarlet Tanagers were in abundance around the property. However, the majority of birds were concentrated in the trees in front of the mansion and the vista. Warblers, while present (10 species) were hard to spot since they were mixed in with a large horde of Chipping Sparrows who seemed intent on doing their best to run visual interference for their insectivorous friends. Kamikaze mosquitoes flying into ones eyes also served to reduce visual acuity.

New for the season were Philadelphia Vireo, Cape May Warbler (not usually seen in the fall here?), Black-Throated Blue Warbler, Brown Creeper, and Merlin.

Banded: 40
Chestnut-Sided Warbler 1
Brown Creeper 1 (a young HY bird, possibly from a local nest?)
Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher 4
Blue-Winged Warbler 1
American Goldfinch 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Black-Throated Blue Warbler 1
Mourning Warbler 1
Warbling Vireo 5
Black-Capped Chickadee 1
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Eastern Wood Pewee 3
Ovenbird 2
Red-Eyed Vireo 3
Song Sparrow 1
Veery 2
Scarlet Tanager 5
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak 1
Northern Cardinal 1
American Robin 2
Blue Jay 2

Retrapped: 14
Magnolia Warbler 1
Black-Capped Chickadee 4
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-Throated Vireo 1 (banded as an HY in 2006)
Ovenbird 1
White-Breasted Nuthatch 1
Downy Woodpecker 1 (banded as an HY in 2005)
Grey Catbird 2
Northern Cardinal 2


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