An Unusual Suspect
The past week has been rainy and cold with North winds blowing in migrants and a few surprises. On the 18th we banded our first Yellow-bellied Flycatcher of the fall as well as Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper and Swainson’s Thrush. On the 19th we banded 28 birds of 10 species including: 14 Golden-crowned Kinglets, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Gray Catbird, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Brown Creeper. Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Belted Kingfisher. The 2oth was highly windy and rainy and we were unable to run nets all morning and as such we did not catch any birds. 40 Canada Geese were seen on census as well as Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Flicker, Hairy Woodpecker and Downy Woodpecker. Rainy weather again prevented full net hours but we banded 39 birds of 10 species including: 10 Black-capped Chickadees, 11 Red-breasted Nuthatches, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Nashville Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Myrtle Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler and Common Yellowthroat.The 22nd was once again rainy and we were able to only bande for 2 hours. We banded few birds but one of which was our 5th ever record of White-eyed Vireo for the station and only our 2nd banded. On the 23rd we banded 39 birds of 10 species including: Savannah Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Myrtle Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-shafted Flicker, Gray-cheeked Thrush and Magnolia Warbler. A single Grasshopper Sparrow was seen during census.