July 15, 2013. 50 newly banded birds, 6 recaps. MANY new hatch year birds.

A nice day for HANA, and a surprisingly high number for us at this time in the season.  The largest numbers we were seeing were in the hatch year catbirds, Song Sparrows, robins, and especially Yellow Warblers.  Skulling became common practice for the day.

Skulling For Everyone! Photos by Samantha Gonzalez

Skulling For Everyone!  Photo by Samantha Gonzalez

Some species we are just seeing for the first time this summer, included an Indigo Bunting, a handful of flycatchers, and a Swamp Sparrow.  Because we had some lull times, Dr. Waud and Andrea took the time and completed extra measurements to determine two of our flycatchers as Willow flycatchers.  Another note-worthy capture was an ATY yellow-shafted flicker.

All in all, it was a great day and we boosted our numbers considerably.  Net 14 on the causeway was very productive due to the fruiting shrubs.  I’m hopeful this net will continue to be giving us good numbers for the rest of the season.

Samantha Gonzalez