Thursday August 21, 2014   10 new of five species and 7 recaps.

At sunrise we experienced a humid, muggy and windless morning that was very quiet bird wise.  The overcast skies gave way to sun and then rain appeared on radar.  We managed to stay dry even though there were sporadic rain showers popping up around us.  Most net checks yielded only a bird or two – mostly hatching year local birds so we gained some experience using the new protocols.  Most numerous species was Gray Catbird (5) followed by Common Yellowthroat (2).    Two visitors arrived just in time to see the last birds of the day processed.

Downy Woodpecker Photo by Jon Dombrowski

Downy Woodpecker
Photo by Jon Dombrowski

Hooded Warbler

Hooded Warbler, Male

Hooded Warbler

Hooded Warbler

(The Hooded Warbler was aged U because of conflicting clues and a lack of consensus on skulling by three banders.  I left to close nets before it was released. But now looking at the retrices in the first photo I think it is a HY bird.)

Jon Dombrowski