September 8th – Mosquitoes and Humidity

Today just had that feel….you know, it just wasn’t going to be a great day. Cloud cover (so no moon), warm and sticky right from the start, no call notes overhead of migrants dropping out of the sky, and the incessant whine of mosquitoes while opening the nets (and with every extraction). Further, there was very little activity along the edges – during the census I picked up only 21 species in the course of an hour (thanks to Christine Madliger who covered for me so I could do it right). And during the whole morning I came across only 3 warbler species (and only one of each). While many of the birds that have been around for the past several days have moved on, there weren’t many moving in to take their place.

Banded 26:

1 Mourning Dove

2 Eastern Wood Pewees

1 Traill’s Flycatcher

1 Least Flycatcher

3 House Wrens

1 Gray-cheeked Thrush

4 Swainson’s Thrushes

1 Gray Catbird

5 Red-eyed Vireos

1 Common Yellowthroat

1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

1 Song Sparrow

4 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 10:

1 Downy Woodpecker

2 Black-capped Chickadees

1 White-breasted Nuthatch

1 Swainson’s Thrush

1 Red-eyed Vireo

1 Chipping Sparrow

3 American Goldfinches

ET’s:  46 spp


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