Sunday May 17, 2015: 101 new birds of 30 species, 27 recaps.  No new species.  Bird of the day was Magnolia Warbler with 19 new bands, followed by American Redstart with 13.

Today was a dramatic change from yesterday; our new bands were a third of what they were yesterday, and our recaps doubled.  It appears that many of yesterday’s birds moved out overnight, and they weren’t replaced by new arrivals – possibly due to storms located just south of us overnight.  Nevertheless, we had a delightful morning!  We banded 15 species of warbler including two more Orange-crowned Warblers, and we also banded our second female Scarlet Tanager of the season.

Female Scarlet Tanager.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart.

Female Scarlet Tanager. Photo by Ryan Kayhart.

A pair of Brown Thrasher caught our attention today.  The first, pictured below, was first banded this year in late April.  Today, she was captured in the net right next to her original net . . . and she has a well-developed brood patch.  Male Brown Thrashers can also get a partial brood patch to help with incubation, but there was nothing partial about this little lady.  Chances are she has a nest nearby!  The second thrasher was actually recaptured at the Hawk Blind, and when we looked in the database we discovered it was originally banded in May of 2013 as an adult.  Chances are he or she is also a local bird, so perhaps we’ll have a bevy of juvenile thrashers in a couple months!

Female Brown Thrasher

Female Brown Thrasher

A group of 16 people from Temple Sinai stopped by for a visit today, and were treated to birds in the hand and in the field, as Pat Martin took them on a bird walk through the Manitou Beach Preserve (located between Manitou Beach Road and the bay).  They apparently got good looks at a male Scarlet Tanager as well as many other birds.  Sounds like a perfect day!