A misty, warm morning that promised rain… Not the best for bird banding… Still, Tom opened the nets at 5:40am as scheduled. The first net check was delayed by a drizzle. Once that passed, we got back on schedule.
Just after the first net check, a small group arrived from Audubon to look on as Tom and J quickly processed several birds. The Cushmans from Michigan arrived shortly after that. Here are a few highlights:
By far, the most exciting catch of the day was a new warbler for me, the Canada Warbler.
According to the Cornell All About Birds website, this bird is one of the last warblers to arrive on the breeding ground in the spring and one of the first to depart in the fall. We are in the southern part of the breeding range.
Isn’t that a pretty little bird?
Tom watched the storm approach on his Blackberry and decided to call it quits at around 9:30am. Here’s what the radar looked like by the time I got home:
The red bits of that storm blob over Cattaraugus County must have hit the banding station just moments after we were safely packed into our vehicles and heading home. As I type now, it is sunny and fine… Gotta love weather in Western New York! I’m sure if we had been able to stay, that Scarlet Tanager that was flitting around in the trees would have made it into one of our nets! Maybe next time…
Thanks, Tom, for another great day of banding! Click below for Tom’s version of the day: