Daily report – Weds, 5/25

Hi all!! How wonderful to be back on Island!! The timing of this report should tell you something about yesterday’s activities. That report will follow shortly. But first – !

The reported morning weather was dismal – cool and foggy with nearly no birds. By the time I arrived in Portsmouth, the day had become unseasonably warm but the birds apparently didn’t anticipate the pleasantness. Totals were scant. Traill’s Flycatcher and Common Grackle gave us “Christmas in May” (new species for the season) and possibly the most enjoyed observations were of the pair of Bobolinks. Very unfortunately, Anthony left on the departing food run and no bander was on Island until David appeared on the returning food run about 4:30 so the station was closed for 7 1/2 hours. No wonder totals were scant!!

Marygrace left with Anthony and Martha appeared with David so by the end of the day, Andy, Bill, Martha, David, and Martians, Katherine and Hannah were here to send you elements of “summer on Appledore”.

Foggy Morning
Foggy Morning
Apple Blossoms in Fog
Apple Blossoms in Fog
Morning view from the webcam
Morning view from the webcam
Gray Grassbird, er, Catbird
Gray Grassbird, er, Catbird
David with Ruby-throated Hummingbird
David with Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Banding list for May 25, 2016

Species Code Number
Ruby-throated Hummingbird RTHU 2
Traill's Flycatcher TRFL 1
Red-eye Vireo REVI 2
Swainson's Thrush SWTH 1
Gray Catbird GRCA 1
Ovenbird OVEN 1
Northern Waterthrush NOWA 3
American Redstart AMRE 1
Blackpoll Warbler BLPW 1
Swamp Sparrow SWSP 1
Common Grackle COGR 1
Total banded: 15
Previously banded**Number
Retraps1

**Previously banded birds may include retraps (banded earlier in the current season), returns (banded in a previous season), or foreign recoveries (banded at a different banding station).