Saturday, September 26, 2009

Banding on a Warm Fall Day

This morning started out calm and foggy, which for banding is just about perfect so I had high hopes as I set nets. As the morning went on though, the sun became brighter and the temps started to rise. It was pretty quiet until 9:30 or so. That's when this Red-eyed Vireo hit the net.

Things got really busy around 11:30 and here is the result of one run to the nets. The 7 bags on the left have White-throated Sparrows in them. They all hit the same net at the same time within about 3 feet of each other. The other 2 bags contain an Ovenbird and a Bluejay.

Last run of the day added this beautiful guy to the days totals. This Nashville Warbler is about as bright as I've ever seen, especially in the fall.

He was sporting a pretty good color patch on his head.

I love getting to see birds from angles that you rarely if ever see through binoculars.

Totals for today are:
Nashville Warbler - 2
Black-capped Chickadee - 1 retrap
Orange-crowned Warbler - 1
Least Flycatcher - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 1
Ovenbird - 1
White-throated Sparrow - 7
Bluejay - 1

Total Individuals = 15
Total Species = 8

If the weather holds up, I'll be out again tomorrow.

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