Today was the hottest day at DCBO this season, with temperatures  reaching near 90 by 11:00am with a nice breeze. So far we had three days in a row and today will the fourth day in a row with 90 degree heat. But this was not the hottest day ever we banded in. Last year, we had a day that was 95. The thunderstorms look promising for the afternoon, but there was no hint of them this morning. The birds also have known about the coming storms because they were very active in the morning. We banded 61 birds with another great showing by the Song Sparrows with 24 banded and additionally 21 recaptures.

Claire made her first appearance with the banding pliers and Dead Creek Bird Observatory for the year. She has not lost her touch and had plenty of hatch year Song Sparrow to practice on. Becky, Brendan, Lisa and Ethan were absent today. This is the first session that Becky has missed for this year. Too bad. she was on a roll to get a perfect attendance certificate. We greatly miss Becky’s famous chocolate chip cookies this morning. Henry brought in some sugar snap peas from his garden for a snack, but it was not the same. Thankfully, Warren saved us by making a mid-morning run up to the Addison Four Corners General Store. Ryan did a lot of scribing this morning with Becky out.  Rodney, Warren and Claire may have cut into his lead for the top bander.

The special bird of note today was the Least Flycatcher. We banded 3 this morning which makes this our top year for this species.

On 6:30 net run a Mourning Dove was on the ground by our high rise net. Henry flushed it, and it hit the net and fell right in into the pocket. Henry took off running to try to make sure we had it, but the bird was faster and got out !

Our next session is scheduled for Sunday July 22,  2012.

Ryan Kayhart

Adult Least Flycatcher Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Adult Least Flycatcher
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

HY Black-capped Chickadee.  Look at the length of the (still-growing) central tail feather!!! Photo by Ryan Kayhart

HY Black-capped Chickadee. Look at the length of the (still-growing) central tail feather!!!
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Giant Swallowtail Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Giant Swallowtail
Photo by Ryan Kayhart