Daily report – Wednesday, 9/14

The SW winds took Martha back to America on the 8:15 a.m. Kingsbury. It was another quiet day with one of this, one of that, a couple of Eastern Phoebes, Gray Catbirds and Cedar Waxwings…. total banded: 19.

Kiah spotted a color-banded Common Yellowthroat – male – by Broad Cove. Records indicate that this bird was first banded on August 20 2013 as HY-M and then color-banded August 30 2014. It’s always exciting to know when one of these incredible little wonders survive another year.

The sighting of Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls has dropped dramatically around the Shoals campus, but today Kiah and Peg discovered that many gulls had just gone a little south – to the South End of the island: close to 200 GBBG and 150 HERGs.

The joys of running the banding station: do we close (because of approaching rain)? Yes…. No…. Yes?…No…Yes! We collapsed the nets before the rain hit but had to leave the unfurling/leaf removal/refurling until after the storm passed. The sudden gusty winds were simultaneously blowing leaves into the nets and furling the nets!

Peg, Susan, and Kiah

Martha birding
Always sad to see Martha go
Celia's garden
Celia’s garden
Garden trellis
Garden trellis
Approaching storm
Approaching storm
Capt. Ossian preparing for the coming storm
Capt. Ossian working under ominous cloud-cover
Weathah photo op
Weathah photo op
Metah photo op
Metah photo op

Banding list for September 14, 2016

Species Code Number
Eastern Phoebe EAPH 3
Red-eyed Vireo REVI 1
Gray Catbird GRCA 3
Cedar Waxwing CEDW 3
Ovenbird OVEN 1
Black-and-white Warbler BAWW 1
American Redstart AMRE 1
Northern Parula NOPA 1
Blackpoll Warbler BLPW 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler BTBW 1
Baltimore Oriole BAOR 2
Total banded: 19
Previously banded**Number