Sunday August 28. 2016.  32 birds of 15 species, 15 recaps.  New species:  Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula, and Red-bellied Woodpecker.  Bird of the day was Magnolia Warbler with 8 new bands.

Ugh . . . it was warm and muggy from the very start today, and there seemed to be very little moving and almost nothing vocalizing.  Nevertheless, we had a respectable number of birds for the August doldrums and the species variety was great.  Not a single Baltimore Oriole today, but the young Red-bellied Woodpecker on the last run of the day in the very last net was a special (if loud) treat.

Cape May Warblers can sometimes fall into the “confusing fall warblers” category, but we were lucky that today’s young male had the very tell-tale yellow wash up behind the auricular, a slightly decurved bill, strong streaking on the breast, and a yellowish rump.


Hatch-year Male Cape May Warbler