September 7th – Back to Summer Weather

Whew! It was almost 20 degrees at opening time and registering 31 on the banding lab thermometer at noon. Shades of last week. And I, thinking that the hot weather was done and gone, had forgotten to bring shorts. The big factor today though was the wind. It was already blowing when I opened but by mid-morning there were gust of 35 km/hour. This kind of wind does a couple of annoying things: it dislodges leaves from the trees and uncannily funnels them into the nets and it billows the nets making them quite apparent to the birds, which then avoid them. Interestingly, most of the birds were caught in nets that were somewhat protected from the wind.

Banded 40:
1 Traill’s Flycatcher
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
2 Eastern Bluebirds
1 Swainson’s Thrush
1 American Robin
2 Cedar Waxwings
4 Philadelphia Warblers
3 Red-eyed Vireos
3 Nashville Warblers
6 Magnolia Warblers
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
3 Bay-breasted Warblers
4 Blackpoll Warblers
1 Black & White Warbler
2 American Redstarts
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 American Goldfinch

Retrapped 12:
1 Eastern Bluebird
1 Blue-winged Warbler
3 Magnolia Warblers
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Wilson’s Warbler
4 Song Sparrows
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 53 spp.


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