We had a great day of banding with 133 new birds and 13 recaptures of 25 different species. We had a wonderful mix of species making today one of the most species rich days of the fall. We banded another Winter Wren and recaptured the one from yesterday. It was a very good day for kinglets and phoebes with 8 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 6 Golden-crowned Kinglets, and 6 Eastern Phoebes. We also banded our 5th Clay-colored Sparrow of the season.
The Bird-of-the-Day goes to a Scarlet Tanager which was the first one of the season! This bird was a hatch-year showing a distinct molt limit in the outer greater coverts. We sexed this bird as a female based on the lack of black in the lesser and median coverts.
|Scarlet Tanager (hatch-year, female)|
We banded two "Yellow" Palm Warblers today. Palm Warblers breed across the boreal region of the US and Canada with "Yellow" Palm Warblers breeding in the eastern part of their range in Atlantic Canada and northeast New England. The "Western" Palm Warblers is much more widespread and generally breeds west of the Hudson Bay region. "Yellow" Palm Warbler are much brighter exhibiting mostly all yellow underparts and yellow in the eye stripe. Additionally, they are usually a little larger than their western counterpart.
|"Yellow" Palm Warbler (after hatch-year, sex unknown)|