donderdag 29 september 2011

Lazy birding from the porch

The conditions this morning were perfect. A sky covered with clouds, a bit of fog in the morning and most important of all: no wind. We had a nice morning but no real specialities were caught. We banded 90 birds, spread over 32 species. 132 in total including recaps.

The totals:

Downy Woodpecker 1 -
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 -
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 -
Eastern Phoebe 4 -
Blue-headed Vireo 2 -
Philadelphia Vireo 1 -
Blue Jay 1 -
House Wren 2 -
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2 -
Swainson's Thrush 10 -
Wood Thrush 3 -
Gray Catbird 2 -
Tennessee Warbler 2 -
Nashville Warbler 1 -
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 -
Magnolia Warbler 18 -
Cape May Warbler 3 -
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 -
Black-throated Green Warbler 5 -
American Redstart 3 -
Ovenbird 1 -
Connecticut Warbler 1 -
Common Yellowthroat 1 -
Hooded Warbler 2 -
Scarlet Tanager 4 -
Eastern Towhee 2 -
Chipping Sparrow 1 -
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 -
Swamp Sparrow 3 -
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1-
Indigo Bunting 2 -
American Goldfinch 5 -

Total 90, 32 species

Downy Woodpecker, hatching year female
Eastern Towhee, after hatching year male; note the red eye
American Redstart, hatching year female; this redstart had a second A3 as you can see above, something I've never seen before!

After we got back from the banding, which was around 14.30 Brandon and I made some (healthy!) turkey burgers and ate them outside, on our porch. We've hung a bird feeder outside our cabin to attract some birds, and I've put it there again since yesterday. Now there are a lot of Tufted Titmice and Black-capped Chickadee's around. A White-breasted Nuthatch was seen today on the feeder as well. While we sat outside we noticed a lot of birds on the move. In a short period of time we saw a Blackpoll Warbler, several Magnolia Warblers, a Scarlet Tanager, A Wood-Pewee, several Cedar Waxwings, a Downy Woodpecker and some Blue Jays!
Tufted Titmouse on the feeder
White-breasted Nuthatch on the feeder
Blue Jay in the front garden

Then suddenly - while I was already sitting outside for a while- I saw something moving in the corner of my eye. With the bare eye I could see it was a middle-sized birds. I grabbed my binoculars and through the leafs of the trees I found this guy perched on a brench:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, scratching its face
Yawning
Watching me

All in all a satisfying day! (Last Monday was better though because Heather made Cinnamonrolls for us, and Alena made a Pumpkin-cheese cake for us! Friday will be as good too because Mary will make us an delicious Apple pie, isn't that right Mary? :D )

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