Daily report – Thursday, 6/2

Greetings from a foggy morning on the island. Yesterday, 6/2, was very quiet in the nets with lots of zero rounds. Sally left us and we think the birds were in mourning! We know at least one was – a lovely Mourning Warbler. The other treats in the nets were an Acadian Flycatcher, Ruby-throated Hummingbird and a Swainson’s Thrush that came in the same round with a Hermit Thrush for a nice comparison (see below).

We had 4 Black Guillemots at Broad Cove – 3 of which were on the rocks and one looked especially like it was prospecting for a good nesting spot! The Eastern Bluebird, Red-breasted Merganser, and Northern Shoveler were all back again. We saw a Black-billed Cuckoo in the net lanes but not the nets. The Field Ornithology class had a Purple Sandpiper at White/Seavey.

Here’s the list!

Happy Birding,
Becky and Susan

Swainson's Thrush (left) and Hermit Thrush (right)
Swainson’s Thrush (left) and Hermit Thrush (right)
Note buffy "spectacles" on SWTH and contrasting color of back and tail on HETH
Note buffy “spectacles” on SWTH and difference in color of back and tail on HETH
Mourning Warbler
Mourning Warbler

Banding list for June 2, 2016

Species Code Number
Ruby-throated Hummingbird RTHU 1
Acadian Flycatcher ACFL 1
Traill's Flycatcher TRFL 3
Hermit Thrush HETH 1
Gray Catbird GRCA 2
Mourning Warbler MOWA 1
Common Yellowthroat COYE 1
Blackpoll Warbler BLPW 1
Total banded: 11
Previously banded**Number
Retraps5
Returns2

**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).