zondag 11 september 2011

First big day for the fall!

As I said in my previous blog post yesterday the first signs of fall are there, bu today they were obvious! The day started slowly with drizzling rain when we left our cabin. We still opened the nets despite the drizzle, the drizzle even became real rain after we had opened them all. Luckily for us, it slowed down later on. While opening I already heard lots of calls and saw some birds moving so I was hoping for some good numbers today, and we indeed got some good numbers! The maggie's have finally arrived, with 38 banded today, a decent number! Again quite a few hummingbirds with 16 banded and the Red-eyed Vireos, as previous days were represented good as well. 9 Yellow-bellied Flycatchers is also worth mentioning. I had a few lifers this morning: Yellow-throated Vireo, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Nashville Warbler and a Red-shouldered Hawk. New birds for me in the hand were: Yellow-throated Vireo, Gray-cheeked Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Nashville Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Kentucky Warbler and Purple Finch. This brings my total of new species for me in the hand already to 57! In total 167 birds were trapped today, see below!

Today's results:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 16 -
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 -
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 9 -
Traill's Flycatcher 1 -
Least Flycatcher 1 -
Yellow-throated Vireo 1 -
Red-eyed Vireo 14 -
Black-capped Chickadee 2 -
Veery 1 -
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 -
American Robin 1 -
Cedar Waxwing 1 -
Nashville Warbler 1 -
Magnolia Warbler 38 -
Cape May Warbler 2 -
Black-throated Blue Warbler 8 -
Black-throated Green Warbler 2 -
Blackpoll Warbler 2 -
Black-and-White Warbler 1 -
American Redstart 8 - (including one stunning male)
Ovenbird 1 -
Northern Waterthrush 4 -
Kentucky Warbler 1 - 
Mourning Warbler 1 -
Common Yellowthroat 3 -
Hooded Warbler 1 -
Wilson's Warbler 2 -
Canada Warbler 1 -
Scarlet Tanager 4 -
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4 -
Indigo Bunting 1 -
Purple Finch 1 -

Total 140 new, 33 species.

I took lots of pictures today; enjoy the pictures!
Wilson's Warbler, after hatching-year male
Kentucky Warbler, hatching year male
Mourning Warbler, after hatching-year male
Black-throated Blue Warbler, hatching year male
Gray-cheeked Thrush, after hatching-year
Cedar Waxwing; not the best looking adult female in the world..
American Redstart, after hatching year male
Black-and-White Warbler, hatching year female
Nashville Warbler, hatching year male
And last but not least this hatching year Yellow-throated Vireo!

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