Tuesday 30 April 2013

The OC

A major push of migrants came in last night despite the radar not showing many birds flying in our area....

With warm weather and South winds forecasted for tonight, I'm sure we can expect even more birds on the first of May!

Our first 100+ birds banded at Old Cut was today.... Some of the highlights were 8 Blue-headed Vireos, 8 Black-and-White Warblers, 1 Blue-winged Warbler, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 2 Veerys... 

A Yellow-throated Vireo, Yellow-throated Warbler, Least Flycatcher, and a Summer Tanager added to the diversity in the area.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak feasted on sunflower seeds the entire day:

A young Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was busy feeding on sap:

This Blue-winged Warbler was around the woodlot all day, we managed to band it in the morning.

I was happy to get a great look at the female Summer Tanager today:
It can be identified by the large bill, dusky/greyish lores (area in front of the eyes), lack of contrast between the tail and the back/wings, and the lack of dark wings.