The cold front really lived up to its potential today, bringing us many migrants and our busiest day of the season so far, with 120 newly banded birds and 8 recaptures of a total 23 species! Not only were the numbers impressive, we could really feel the migrants pushing into our area as we caught more Yellow Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Ovenbirds, and Worm-eating Warblers than any previous days. Several adult individuals also finally showing up. And the icing on the cake was 3 first-of-season species for Captain Sam's: Western Palm Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, and... Kentucky Warbler! What an incredible day!
|Black-throated Blue Warblers (hatch-year male on right, after hatch-year on left)|
|Wilson's Warbler (hatch-year, female)|
|Kentucky Warbler (after hatch-year, male)|
An extraordinary day! The overnight drop in temperatures as the expected cold front passed through the area in the early hours of this morning produced a bounty of birds! A very busy morning resulted in 114 new birds and 6 recaptures of 22 species. The highest number for one species was 23 Red-eyed Vireos, but with 12 warbler species, the highest was Common Yellowthroat at 22. The migration has finally hit Little Bear.
Firsts for the site included Cape May Warbler, Eastern Kingbird and the first sparrow of the season - Clay-colored Sparrow.
|Clay-colored Sparrow (hatch-year, sex unknown)|
|Species||Captain Sam's||Little Bear|
|Cape May Warbler||1||-||1||-|
|Black-throated Blue Warbler||6||-||8||-|
|Palm Warbler (Western)||1||-||1||-|
|Banding Stats||Captain Sam's||Little Bear||TOTAL|
|# Birds Banded||120||114||224|
|# of Recaptures||8||5||13|
|# of Species||23||22||25|
|Capture Rate (birds/100 net-hours)||81.3||238||108.0|