Monday October 27, 2014: 90 new birds of 13 species; 25 recaps. Bird of the day was American Goldfinch with 52 new bands. One new species for the season (see below).
We were closed Sunday due to the high winds . . . and what a difference a day makes! While Monday morning started out chilly, it quickly warmed to a sunny, nearly windless, perfect fall day. The leaves crunched beneath our feet as we walked the trails checking nets, and the birds chirped and twittered overhead. Flyovers by two Snow Buntings hinted at the winter to come, but in all other ways autumn was on perfect display.
The Allyn’s Creek Garden Club held their monthly meeting in the EWB Education Room, and they were treated to views of Golden-crowned Kinglets, Slate-colored Juncos, and one young Yellow-shafted Flicker. They saw a brief presentation, toured the net lanes, and visited the habitat work they have done on the east end of the field.
We had an unusual crew today: faithful volunteer Chita McKinney was joined by BBBO president David Mathiason, college student Greg Lawrence, guest Alan Belford, and end-of-the-season BIC Andrea Patterson. Greg continues to bring us luck, as it seems that nearly every time he visits, we get something unusual. One year it was an American Kestral, and other year a Yellow-breasted Chat. But today, he brought us a bird we have only banded 13 times since 1986, most recently in 2010:
Young Northern Shrike
This hatch year Northern Shrike was netted in the top panel of one of our aerial nets, was extracted (safely) but David, and banded (also safely) by Greg. Shrikes have razor sharp bills, and they can easily slash a finger. This bird was too young to do much damage, so we risked a quick photo before we let him go.