zaterdag 8 oktober 2011

Good beer, Slow birds

As expected already, today was slower with birds. The weather was 'too good' for real numbers to drop in. We still had a pretty dense fog for the first three hours, which didn't deliver us many birds though. After the sun came through we had a really good round. This was at about 10.30. We had another nice Orange-crowned Warbler today. Finally, we managed to trap a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Not 1 but 2 right away! They were hanging in the net close to where I had observed them regulary the previous days. So I thought: if we'll catch Sapsucker that is the place where we will catch it, and indeed! So the numbers picked up a little later, still had a lot of recaps though. We got over a 100 birds: 128 were processed.

Totals:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 -
Downy Woodpecker 1 -
Eastern Phoebe 3 -
Blue-headed Vireo 1 -
Blue Jay 1 -
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 -
House Wren 1 -
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 -
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10 -
Gray-cheeked Thrush 3 -
Swainson's Thrush 3 -
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 -
Nashville Warbler 2 -
Magnolia Warbler 1 -
Cape May Warbler 1 -
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 -
Yellow-rumped Warbler 13 -
Palm Warbler (Western) 1 -
Blackpoll Warbler 1 -
Common Yellowthroat 1 -
Eastern Towhee 1 -
Chipping Sparrow 1 -
Song Sparrow 7 -
Swamp Sparrow 3 -
White-throated Sparrow 3 -
White-crowned Sparrow 2 -
Dark-eyed Junco 1 -
Indigo Bunting  1 -
American Goldfinch 5 -

Total 75, 29 species

Cape May Warbler, after hatching-year male
Orange-crowned Warbler, after hatching-year: you see some orange crown feathers?
White-crowned Sparrow, after hatching-year
White-breasted Nuthatch, hatching year
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, hatching year unknown sex
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker #2. Hatching year male
The awesome wing of a Yellow-bellied Sapucker!

The colours of the leafs have turned in beautiful autumn colours:
Evening sunlight with the fall colours

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