We did see a few migrants including a pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Unfortunately the property lost a lot of flowers during the hurricane so fruit is in short supply. Birds stayed very high. It was fun to see a banded Great Crested Flycatcher that returned. We haven't banded one this spring so we know it has returned for this breeding season.
The weather held true for Tuesday and we did get a few more birds. Maybe more exciting was what was on the property. Glad to see these birds that only stay a short time but frustrating to have four species that would have been new to band. We banded a Northern Parula, an Ovenbird, a Gray Catbird, 3 Black-throated Blue Warblers, and the two highlights: a Cape May Warbler and our third ever Wood Thrush.
Though warblers were still present, the migrants seemed to be represented by larger birds. Seen were Blue and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Summer Tanagers, Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos, and a late Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. What will come next week?
After Monday's session we made an afternoon visit to PB 3. The host is not far from Possum Long and we were seeing a good interchange of birds. It is this location that first showed that Painted Buntings can feed at least 1/2 mile away from where they were banded. We have seen this at two other locations since. The host reported a bird with bands that did not seem to match anything we had banded. Though we did not catch that one we banded 2 new Painted Buntings. Our Season 5 has ended unless we catch another one at Possum Long. We banded 355 this season which ties our high of Season 4.
Next scheduled banding at Possum Long will be on April 24. Nets go up at 6:30.