We were rained out of the banding station every day this week until Thursday, but it was worth the wait. The past two mornings were chilly, foggy and gray, but the nets were hot, the woods and fields were alive with song, and the catch was colorful!
Here’s a quick list of highlights and new (for the year) species banded this week:
- 34 birds banded on Thursday, including 8 recaptures
- 51 birds banded today, including 6 recaptures
- Wood Thrush
- Indigo Bunting
- Baltimore Oriole
- Magnolia Warbler
- Black and White Warbler
- Common Yellowthroat
- Chestnut-Sided Warbler
- Black-throated Blue Warbler
- Swamp Sparrow
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird (not banded)
- Willow Flycatcher
- One net was closed for the season (to be relocated next week) because of proximity to an active fox den !
- We placed 3 more bluebird boxes at Rushton!
- We heard Scarlet Tanagers, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler and American Redstarts (all of which evaded the nets)
Hope to see you at Rushton next week! We will band as usual on Tuesday and Thursday morning, sunrise until 11am, unless it rains.