Saturday, August 23:  23 birds of 14 species, 4 recaps.  New species:  Red-bellied Woodpecker and Yellow-shafted Flicker.  Birds of the day were Mourning Warbler and Northern Waterthrush, each with 3 new bands.  28 species were detected on site today.

The morning seemed gray and oppressive.  The air was heavy and nothing was moving – including the birds.  We started out very slow, but after  a couple hours a small breeze stirred things up and our day got more interesting.  It was too hard picking just one photo, so here’s a whole collection!

A gorgeous older male Mourning Warbler - one of three MOWA we captured today.

A gorgeous older male Mourning Warbler – one of three MOWA we captured today.

A young female Mourning Warbler.  She looks quite different from the male above.  They don't call them "confusing fall warblers" for nothing!

A young female Mourning Warbler. She looks quite different from the male above. They don’t call them “confusing fall warblers” for nothing!

Oh, Canada!  A stunningly pretty bird.

Oh, Canada! A stunningly pretty bird.

A young male flicker - one of three woodpeckers caught today.

A young male flicker – one of three woodpeckers caught today.

A young Red-bellied Woodpecker.  Notice the brown eye, which will become redder with age.

A young Red-bellied Woodpecker. Notice the brown eye, which will become redder with age.

A young male Northern Cardinal, transitioning from his juvenile plumage to something more showy.  Poor patchy fellow!

A young male Northern Cardinal, transitioning from his juvenile plumage to something more showy. Poor patchy fellow!

We try not to anthropomorphize the birds, but this young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak looks awfully indignant in this photo.  Like the cardinal, he's scruffy looking now but he'll eventually come into his own.  The gorgeous rose color is already coming in under the wings and on the breast.

We try not to anthropomorphize the birds, but this young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak looks awfully indignant in this photo. Like the cardinal, he’s scruffy looking now but he’ll eventually come into his own. The gorgeous rose color is already coming in under the wings and on the breast.

Overall a great day!