I could tell by the lack of "chips" and flight calls while opening the nets that we were going to be in for a much slower day. We banded 18 new birds with 3 recaptures of 11 species. Prairie Warblers continued to be the most abundant species with 8 banded today.
We did get the first DOWNY WOODPECKER of the season. Usually Downys are pretty fiesty and like to drum on my fingers (oftentimes drawing blood) but this guy was very relatively cooperative.
|Downy Woodpecker (Hatch-year, male)|
Another first of the season was this adult female HOODED WARBLER.
|Hooded Warbler (After hatch-year, female)|
Over the last 3 fall seasons we have only banded 1 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, however this season, we have banded 3 in 4 days!
|Great Crested Flycatcher (Hatch-year, unknown sex)|