Daily report – Saturday, 8/27

Hello there! The weather actually worked! The first 2 rounds were dismal. From then on, the tortoise took over – slow and steady even through the normal “down” times. See the chart! It is the biggest day so far this season (even though that is not saying much) and we added 3 species to our season total. I so enjoy numbers of Cape May Warblers because they were here in numbers when I started banding here 40 years ago. Then the Spruce Budworms got controlled in the Maritimes and numbers of Cape Mays, Tennessees, and Bay-breasted’s plummeted. I had a forestry type person tell me that the Budworms tend to run in 40 year cycles and they are increasing in eastern Canada again. And so are Cape May Warblers : ) . Our net rounds were small enough that Sally got lots of extracting experience and we stayed busy enough that we couldn’t stay up the hill to eat. (See picture!) It was a truly enjoyable day for the birds though and perhaps we WILL find the other hearing aid that slipped out of my ear on Saturday! Cheers and birds from David and Sally.

Sunrise at 6:00
Sunrise at 6:00
Handsome bird, Black-and-white Warbler, HY-M
Handsome bird: Black-and-white Warbler, HY-M
Another handsome bird, Cape May Warbler, HY-M
Another handsome bird: Cape May Warbler, HY-M
Busy day dinner
Busy day dinner
Sunset at about 7:20
Sunset at about 7:20

Banding list for August 27, 2016

Species Code Number
Traill's Flycatcher TRFL 3
Eastern Phoebe EAPH 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch RBNU 9
Gray Catbird GRCA 9
Northern Waterthrush NOWA 7
Black-and-white Warbler BAWW 2
Mourning Warbler MOWA 2
Cape May Warbler CMWA 6
Blackburnian Warbler BLBW 1
Yellow Warbler YEWA 3
American Goldfinch AMGO 1
Total banded: 46
Previously banded**Number
Retraps5

**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).