Saturday August 27, 2016.  60 new birds of 17 species, 11 recaps.  New species:  Mourning Warbler and Black-throated Blue Warbler.  Bird of the day was Baltimore Oriole with 13 new bands.

The radar promised some movement, and we were not disappointed.  Nine warbler species (including 5 Mourning Warblers) put in an appearance, and a lone Veery made it a “Veery good Mourning.”

The highlight of the day happened at hour 5.5, when a flock of a dozen Baltimore Orioles found their way into the 40-aerial nets.   Two were older males, the rest young (hatch year) birds.  Many looked as though they had been eating invasive honeysuckle, as their feathers were abnormally bright.  We manage to snap a quick photo of nine of them.  They are arranged here in order of wing length, which is supposed to be an aid to determining the sex of the younger birds.

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HY-M (wing=94)

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HY-M (wing=93)

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HY-U (wing=91.5)

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HY-U (wing=91)

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HY-M (wing=91)

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AHY-M (wing=91)

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HY-F (wing=88.5)

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HY-F (wing=88.5)

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HY-F (wing=88)