vrijdag 16 september 2011

Cold weather, but where were the birds?

The temperature this morning reached near freezing point, with 2 degrees Celsius outside. We started opening at 6.10 to make sure that we wouldn't get frost on the nets while we would open them (as it gets coldest around daybreak). Luckily we didn't catch any frost on the nets, so the nets were good to catch! For the first time since I've been here I had to wear multiple layers of clothes plus a scarf. If we would have had an overcast it would have been less cold for sure. We were convinced that today would be a good day, it turned out the other way however. So this proves again how unpredictable bird banding can be! There was good bird migration past night but my guess is that the birds all just flew past Powdermill and didn't drop in the area. So this was a slow day, but still a good diverstiy of species.
A cold sunrise with fog all over the Crisp Pond

The numbers and species of today:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4 -
Red-eyed Vireo 1 - (only 1!!!)
House Wren 1 -
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2 -
Swainson's Thrush 7 -
Wood Thrush 2 -
Gray Catbird 3 -
Brown Thrasher 1 -
Tennessee Warbler 1 -
Nashville Warbler 1 -
Northern Parula 1 -
Magnolia Warbler 6 - (only 6..)
Cape May Warbler 3 -
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 -
Black-throated Green Warbler 2 - 
Bay-breasted Warbler 1 -
Blackpoll Warbler 2 -
Black-and-White Warbler 1 -
American Redstart 2 - (only 2..)
Ovenbird 1 -
Northern Waterthrush 1 -
Connecticut Warbler 2 - (both adult males)
Common Yellowthroat 5 -
Hooded Warbler 2 -
Wilson's Warbler 2 -
Scarlet Tanager 1 -
American Goldfinch 1-

Total 58, 28 species (99 birds in total)

Northern Parula, hatching year male; in the upper photo, note the beginning of a brownish breastband
Wing of a hatching year female Black-and-White Warbler
Overall picture of the BAWW
Another comparison of Bay-breasted and Blackpoll Warbler
Nashville Warbler, hatching year female
Cape May Warbler, after hatching year male

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