maandag 17 oktober 2011

Yellow-rumps, Yellow-rumps, Yellow-rumps

That's basically all that needs to be said about today. 104 Yellow-rumped Warblers found their way into our nets today and got a band around their leg. This was our best day so far for Yellow-rumps, getting over a 100 is pretty spectacular! We closed at 12.30 as the wind was getting stronger again and we almost reached our usual 6 hours of banding.

Totals:

Blue-headed Vireo 1 -
Philadelphia Vireo 1 -
Red-eyed Vireo 1 -
Black-capped Chickadee 1 -
Tufted Titmouse 1 -
Brown Creeper 1 -
Winter Wren 2 -
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 -
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 11 -
Gray-cheeked Thrush 4 -
Swainson's Thrush 4 -
Hermit Thrush 3 -
Gray Catbird 5 -
Tennessee Warbler 1 -
Nashville Warbler 4 -
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 -
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER 104 -
Palm Warbler (Western) 2 -
Blackpoll Warbler 2 -
Ovenbird 1 -
Eastern Towhee 1 -
Field Sparrow 2 -
Song Sparrow 5 -
Swamp Sparrow 7 -
White-throated Sparrow 14 -
Dark-eyed Junco 1 -
Indigo Bunting 2 -
American Goldfinch 10 -

Total including recaps 258. 195 new spread over 29 species!

White greater coverts of a hatching year Yellow-rumped Warbler. It looks like the outer three greater coverts are retained and that the other inner greater coverts were replaced, with some turning white... Strange and rare!

Normally we band birds... but tonight we ate them! This evening we were invited at Chris &Sue Sheedy's place for trying some smoked Quail and fresh!  smoked Trout that Chris had just caught this afternoon in a creek nearby! Andrew and his wife Marja and Brandon were also present. We had a really pleasant evening together with good food and chatting! Thanks again Chris and Sue for the hospitality!

Smoked Quail and Trout!

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