Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Very Busy Morning!

After nearly a week of terrible weather, the sun finally broke through and provided us with a glorious fall day. I knew it was going to be good when I could see flocks of birds springing from the road shoulder as I drove along the nature center driveway. Lots of Dark-eyed Juncos and White-throated Sparrows along with some other surprises.

It was the kind of day when you could have put a net in the middle of the parking lot and you would still catch a load of birds.

The total for the day was 49 birds of 10 species with juncos and White-throated Sparrows being the most numerous captures. The Golden-crowned Kinglet and the Ruby-crowned Kinglets were the "best" catches of the day though we had some other notable species like a relatively late Eastern Phoebe.

Of all the birds netted, only 2 were retraps.

Totals are as follows:

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (1)
Black-capped Chickadee (5)
Dark-eyed Junco (15)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (1)
Field Sparrow (1)
Eastern Phoebe (1)
White-throated Sparrow (18)
White-breasted Nuthatch (2)
Hermit Thrush (2)

I also got a short video clip of volunteer Ben taking data on the GCKI.

Golden-crowned Kinglet from Roger Everhart on Vimeo.

Tomorrow looks like it will be even warmer than today so it's back out to the banding station at school to see if we can't catch a few more migrants before they head south. Lots of dogwood berries still on the shrubs to attract the Yellow-rumped Warblers I saw flitting around tonight.


Sue said...

What a great day! Thanks for sharing!

RuthieJ said...

I was on the deerstand both days this weekend and saw little flocks of the GC Kinglets moving from tree to tree gleaning insects. (lots of white throated sparrows too) Sure makes for an enjoyable day of bird watching--since there's not much else to do when the deer fail to show up.