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8/28/2009

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Migration Monitoring: August 21 - 25

Mourning Warbler by volunteer Atilla Fust


The hoards of starlings have for the most part moved on from Tommy Thompson, and we are starting to get some exciting mixed flocks of warblers, vireos and flycatchers following the chickadees. For beginners, it can be tough to identify some of the “confusing fall warblers,” but it is fun if you like the challenge. Because most of the birds are not singing, fall is a great time to learn the various call notes.


Among the warblers we have seen are American Redstart, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Canada, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Mourning, Myrtle, Northern Waterthrush, Ovenbird and Yellow. Most of these mixed flocks have been foraging high in the trees however, so only a few have made it into our nets.


The most exciting capture of the week was actually mammalian – two Silver-haired Bats! Leather gloves were definitely needed to take these sharp-toothed creatures out of the net.


BANDING TOTALS: WEEK 3

Aug-21

Aug-22

Aug-23

Aug-24

Aug-25

Total

Downy Woodpecker

1

1

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

1

1

Traill's Flycatcher

1

1

1

3

Least Flycatcher

1

1

Swainson's Thrush

1

1

American Robin

1

1

1

3

Gray Catbird

3

1

4

Cedar Waxwing

2

2

European Starling

7

7

Warbling Vireo

1

1

Yellow Warbler

2

2

Chestnut-sided Warbler

1

1

American Redstart

1

1

2

Ovenbird

1

1

Northern Waterthrush

2

1

3

Mourning Warbler

1

1

Black-and-white Warbler

1

1

Canada Warbler

1

1