HY Scarlet Tanager Photo by Tom Klotzbach

HY Scarlet Tanager
Photo by Tom Klotzbach

HY Scarlet Tanager Photo by Marilyn Guenther

HY Scarlet Tanager
Photo by Marilyn Guenther

Friday August 29, 2014   61 new of 18 species, 14 recaps.

A day that had slow winds out of the south with few birds expected, turned into a whirlwind of conference calls and picture taking. A hatch year Scarlet Tanager (photo below) turned up in the net. Since the bill looked larger than normal for a Scarlet Tanager, banders wondered if it could be a Summer Tanager.  Calls and photos sent to Betsy and Ryan confirmed the bird as Scarlet. Aren’t cell phones wonderful.

At one point, two aerial nets turned up over 10 birds each of which were 4-5 different species. We think the clouds of mosquitoes to feed on attracted the birds. Marilyn Guenther, Jim Saller, Tom Klotzach, Pat Martin, Mark Catlin, Rich Sherman and Marian Klik helped bring in 18 species of birds, 14 recaptures and 61 new birds banded, 20 of which were Magnolia warblers.

Black-throated blue, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Wilson’s and Blackpoll warblers were banded today as were a Gray-cheek Bicknell’s, and several Veerys.   How wonderful to view this spectacle of nature.

Marian Klik BIC