June 28, 2012.   29 total birds, of 11 species (4 new as of this week), 8 recaps, 38 observed.  Unsurprisingly, we’re seeing more hatch-year birds.  There was one unbanded bird, a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird, AHY, removed from net 11 that’s surrounded by the productive raspberry bushes. There was also a hatch-year Tufted Titmouse pulled from that same net 11.  I think it’s important to note that we banded considerably fewer birds from the first two sessions, which I think might show the birds getting accustomed to the net locations.  We do continue to get new species, however, such as the Carolina Wren, the Veery, and the titmouse.

A nice highlight of the day occurred when one of the volunteers, Emily, was gone suspiciously long on a net check only to return with all her bags filled and two birds in-hand.  In that haul there was what appeared to be a family of Yellow Warblers; the three hatch-years are pictured together.

A total of seven volunteers came out to help net pick, observe, scribe, and enjoy the day.  There is increased help from the WM-RIT student liaisons.

HY Tufted Titmouse Photo by Samantha Gonzalez

HY Tufted Titmouse
Photo by Samantha Gonzalez

Yellow Warbler fledglings. They have all been banded, and are being returned together to the net location where they were captured.  This is routine with birds still in their juvenile plumage; the titmouse pictured above was returned as well. Photo by Andrea Patterson

Yellow Warbler fledglings. They have all been banded, and are being returned together to the net location where they were captured. This is routine with birds still in their juvenile plumage; the titmouse pictured above was returned as well.
Photo by Andrea Patterson