Saturday, September 5, 2015

FOS: Hooded Warbler and White-eyed Vireo and 100 bird day!

We were treated to slightly cooler temperatures as well as a nice movement of birds from the cold front coming through Kiawah. It was quiet when we opened, but things quickly changed during our first net round. Common Yellowthroats were the dominant species, with 78 new individuals banded today. American Redstarts, Prairie Warblers and Red-eyed Vireos were the next most abundant species banded, but their numbers didn't even come close to those of the Common Yellowthroats.

We ended the day with 104 new birds banded and 10 recaptured of 17 species. Amongst all the Yellowthroats we had a couple of first of the season species that provided nice surprises. The first was a White-eyed Vireo, a species we had been hearing around the nets, and the second was a very nice looking adult female Hooded Warbler!

Overnight, we're expecting North East winds, which will bring some birds down and hopefully give us banders a busy day tomorrow!

- Nancy

White-eyed Vireo (hatch-year, sex unknown)

Hooded Warbler (after hatch-year, female)

photos by Casey Weissburg

2 Traill's Flycatcher
1 Willow  Flycatcher
1 Least Flycatcher
1 White-eyed Vireo
4 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Brown Thrasher
2 Northern Waterthrush
78 Common Yellowthroat
1 Hooded Warbler
6 American Redstart
1 Yellow Warbler
4 Prairie Warbler
2 Painted Bunting

1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Carolina Chickadee
2 Carolina Wren
1 Veery
1 Prothonotary Warbler
2 Northern Cardinal
2 Painted Bunting

# of Birds Banded:  104
# of Recaptures: 10
# of Species:  17
Effort:  125.0 net-hours
Capture Rate:  91.2 birds/100 net-hours

Mattie VandenBoom
Chris Snook
Nancy Raginski
Michael Gamble
Casey Weissburg
Sean McElaney
Ryan Donnelly