Bird Activity to a Minimum as the Final Week of the Migration Season Approaches.
June 1st, 2nd and 3rd nets were open only for the part of the period due to heavy rain and few birds were banded. North winds has stalled any small passerine movements and migration is definitely coming to a close. There was little bird activity for the day overall. 2 Ring Necked Ducks were seen throughout the morning on all 3 days and a Whip Poor Will was heard early singing away on the 1st. The usual population of local breeding American Redstarts, Red Eyed Vireos and Black Throated Green Warblers, Song Sparrows, and Spotted Sandpipers were seen everyday. A Northern Waterthrush singing during census on the 1st was a plesent surprise and an American Woodcock was also flushed from the woods during a net run. A White Throated Sparrow was heard singing on the 2nd. We baned few birds but we did band a Sharp Shinned Hawk and a couple Magnolia Warblers for the period. The rain has now subsided and hopefully the we can run nets for the full period and catch the last few migrants trickling through.