Friday, September 15, 2006

Migration Increases

I checked my noted from last year and noticed that certain birds began showing up at the nets right at the 2nd week of September. I announced that we should start seeing the Common Yellow-throats and thrushes if the migration patterns held true.

Sure enough, we immediately began getting Veerys and Yellow-throats September 10th. This Veery was ready to head back on the southbound fast lane.


A few days later they had the first of the season American Redstart. I am still waiting for some more blues and yellows to make it down and into the nets. Catbirds should arrive in numbers any day now.

Another bird that graced us with it's presence was this young female Chestnut-sided Warbler. Only the second one I have held. They are beautiful birds. The males are flanked by patches of chestnut under their wings, thus the name.

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Radars are showing large movements of birds heading south today. Stay tuned. The next few weeks should be veeeeery interesting.

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