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Thursday, May 20, 2010

McIntyre Marsh - May 14 to 20

The past week at McIntyre Marsh has seen a transition from primarily sparrows to warblers. A few weeks ago, the marsh was filled with songs of White-crowned Sparrows and American Tree Sparrows. Now, the morning chorus is filled with the rolling witchy witchy witchy of Common Yellowthroats and the che che che che of Wilson's Warblers. New arrivals this week included Yellow Warbler (18 May), Common Yellowthroat (18 May) and Blackpoll Warbler (20 May). Some other banding highlights included an Olive-sided Flycatcher (15 May), a Belted Kingfisher (18 May) and 3 Wilson's Snipe throughout the week. Although not banded, a male Townsend's Warbler was observed/heard (its song a zizle zizle plink plink) and photographed on May 14th.



Be sure to visit the station this weekend, there are only two weekends left in our banding season at the marsh !



The following is a list of this week's banding totals.


Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1 (3)
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 (1)
Solitary Sandpiper - 3 (4)
Wilson's Snipe - 3 (8)
Belted Kingfisher - 1 (1)
Olive-sided Flycatcher - 1 (1)
Hammond's FLycatcher - 1 (6)
Violet-green Swallow - 12 (22)
Black-capped Chickadee - 0 (4)
Boreal Chicakadee - 0 (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1 (24)
American Robin - 6 (14)
Varied Thrush - 0 (2)
American Pipit - 3 (6)
Orange-crowned Warbler - 7 (9)
Yellow Warbler - 1 (1)
Blackpoll Warbler - 1 (1)
Myrtle Warbler - 70 (203)
Common Yellowthroat - 11 (11)
Northern Waterthrush - 5 (5)
Wilson's Warbler - 68 (73)
American Tree Sparrow - 0 (75)
Savannah Sparrow - 22 (81)
Fox Sparrow - 0 (107)
Lincoln's Sparrow - 17 (55)
White-crowned Sparrow - 20 (340)
Golden-crowned Sparrow - 5 (34)
Slate-colored Junco - 3 (246)
Lapland Longspur - 0 (1)
Red-winged Blackbird - 1 (1)
Rusty Blackbird - 0 (11)
Common Redpoll - 0 (33)
Hoary Redpoll - 0 (1)

TOTAL BIRDS - 254 (1,385)

Some photos from this week (top to bottom): female Yellow Warbler, male Common Yellowthroat, male Blackpoll Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, female Red-winged Blackbird, Belted Kingfisher, Townsend's Warbler.


















































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