woensdag 5 oktober 2011

What a day, what a day..

I wasn't right yesterday: the warblers aren't gone yet, they are back! I'm too tired to write entire stories after this crazy day so I'll keep it short: we processed 349 birds today of which 254 were new (yes a lot of recaps again..) spread over 42 species: a record for both number and species so far this fall. I had a couple of new birds for me in the hand: Hermit Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler and last but not least an American Bittern!! The American Bittern is only the 4th ever banded here at Powdermill. 29 Nashville Warblers today were probably a record, just like the 3 Pine Warblers banded. The following photos and totals will speak for themselves ofcourse!!

Totals for the memorable 4th of October:

AMERICAN BITTERN 1 -
Eastern Phoebe 1 -
Blue-headed Vireo 3 -
Philadelphia Vireo 2 -
Red-eyed Vireo 3 -
Blue Jay 2 -
Winter Wren 2 -
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 -
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15 -
Gray-cheeked Thrush 8 -
Swainson's Thrush 6 -
Hermit Thrush 3 -
Gray Catbird 9 -
Cedar Waxwing 4 - (finally again!)
Tennessee Warbler 6 -
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 -
Nashville Warbler 29 - !!!!!!!
Magnolia Warbler 17 -
Cape May Warbler 5 -
Black-throated Blue Warbler 5 -
Yellow-rumped Warbler 27 -
Black-throated Green Warbler 6 -
Pine Warbler 3 -
Palm Warbler (Western) 8 -
Bay-breasted Warbler 1 -
Blackpoll Warbler 6 -
American Redstart 8 -
Northern Waterthrush 4 -
Connecticut Warbler 1 -
Common Yellowthroat 10 -
Scarlet Tanager 3 -
Eastern Towhee 2 -
Chipping Sparrow 4 -
Field Sparrow 1 -
Savannah Sparrow 1 - (only 1 or 2 banded every year)
Song Sparrow 3 -
Swamp Sparrow 6 -
White-throated Sparrow 10 -
White-crowned Sparrow 2 -
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 -
Indigo Bunting 5 -
American Goldfinch 18 -

Total 254, 42 species

Observations: 2 Green Heron, 1 Least Bittern, 1 American Bittern (also banded:)), 1 adult Bald Eagle, 2 Peregrines (or same individual seen twice) and 1 Merlin.

Orange-crowned Warbler, hatching year (life bird)
2 of the 3 Pine Warblers from today: left female, right male
Savannah Sparrow, hatching year
Hermit Thrush left, Swainson's right

It was Heather's birthday today, Happy Birthday!
This was her birthday present!
Banding an American Bittern isn't easy..
Close-up
Overall photo
the wing of the Bittern
Faab & Bittern
Holding 'em as if I'm holding a gun (I look kind of scary on this pic though haha)
Taking off
Sitting in the grass
The Bittern wasn't as happy as we were with him..

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