Thursday, August 29.  39 new bands of 16 species, 12 recaps.  New species:  Mourning Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler.  Birds of the day were Cedar Waxwing and Magnolia Warbler, each with 8 new bands.  More than half our species were warblers today (9 of 16), but for the most part we only captured one or two of each species.  Nevertheless, it seems that every day brings a new species or two.  We are still getting “baby” birds as well – today we saw a small handful of hatch year Cedar Waxwings in their streaky plumage.  All had orange (instead of yellow) tips to their tails, suggesting that they have been feeding on Morrow’s Honeysuckle.  It was interesting, however, to see the variety of orange coloration from quite pale to intensely vivid.

The second Wilson's Warbler of the season - a young male. Photo by Ryan Kayhart.

The second Wilson’s Warbler of the season – a young male. Photo by Ryan Kayhart.