Northerly winds dominated the day, bringing with it cold conditions and a restriction on which nets we could open. As a result our catch rate was pretty low, with nothing out of the ordinary. The same could be said for our afternoon sub-census walk, which produced very little out of the ordinary. We did get two new warblers today; Northern Waterthrush and Northern Parula, and we reopened the nets in the afternoon in an attempt to capture the latter. Sadly though it came to nothing but despair…
Ringing: Downy Woodpecker, Yellow Warbler, Baltimore Oriole,
Northern Waterthrush - This was a species that we really wanted to see, so when one was seen running along the water’s edge by net MX01 we were very excited. We made numerous moves to catch it before we were successful, only to find that it was a bird from the previous day that had already been ringed.
Northern Parula - Our attempts to catch our second warbler lifer of the day were much less successful. Our ‘carrot and stick’ method of using a tape whilst simultaneous pushing the bird towards the net, proved very successful, with the bird very quickly going into the net. Somehow though, it then very quickly worked its way out, by somehow going through. We had no idea how, as there was no hole there, but it somehow managed it.
Long Point; The Tip: Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Mallard, Red-breasted Merganser, Turkey Vulture, Peregrine, Bald Eagle, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Dunlin, Bonaparte’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Mourning Dove, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, American Coot, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Blue Headed Vireo, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Myrtle Warbler, Palm Warbler, Wilsons Warbler, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincolns Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Peregrine, Slavonian Grebe, Muskrat, Painted Terrapin, Garter Snake,