Bird activity cooled off just a little bit today with 80 new birds and 12 recaptures of 16 different species. A majority of the birds banded were Gray Catbirds (35) and Common Yellowthroats (25). This may be the first time since the Common Yellowthroats arrived that they weren't the most common species banded. The Bird-of-the-Day was a Blue-headed Vireo - the first of the season! Other highlights include a Mourning Dove (the 2nd of the fall) and a Baltimore Oriole.
A cold front is moving across South Carolina right now which should bring much cooler temperatures (and moderate north winds) for the morning. I suspect this front will also bring with it a whole new suite of birds - maybe a Yellow-rumped Warbler?
|Blue-headed Vireo (hatch-year, sex unknown)|
This Mourning Dove is still in its juvenile plumage as indicated by buffy tips on most of its body feathers. Note also the thin black strip behind the eye - another characteristic of juvenile plumage.
|Mourning Dove (hatch-year, sex unknown) |