|Second year male SCTA|
A highlight of the week was this male Scarlet Tanager (SCTA). There had been two singing for several days but too high to be caught in our mist nets which are 8 feet high. Notice the primary coverts are dull brown which makes this a second-year male hatched last summer. You can see remnants of his winter/basic plumage of the lime green feathers.
Female warblers can have their subtle beauty. Take a look:
|Bay-breasted and Blackpoll Warbler females|
|Bay-breasted Warbler female back|
|MOWA- Adult female-note yellow throat and unusual black feathers.|
We had the opportunity to show off the flycatcher group this week:
|Can you ID these flycatchers?|
|Here are two of them, frontal view.|
Answers found at the end.
Here is a real treat - an Olive-sided Flycatcher (OSFL)
|OSFL- note the large bill and gray vest it is sporting.|
|Eastern Wood-Pewee (EAWP)- note the crest||(not often seen)|
Eastern Wood-Pewee (EAWP), Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (YBFL), Traill's Flycatcher (TRFL), Great-crested Flycatcher (GCFL), and Olive-sided Flycatcher (OSFL).
The end of migration may only be days away but the cuckoos will be here to sing their song. This is the time we look forward to the great breeding birds we have in our backyards! Thanks for all you do to allow some of these long distance migrants to nest successfully in your neighborhood. With banding data we know many birds return to their natal area to breed. Females have high site fidelity. We have caught 57 Yellow Warblers (YEWA) banded in previous years. To see other species returning go to BSBO research pages http://www.bsbo.org/passerine/pdf/passerinebandspringnavarre.pdf Enjoy the beauty of the season!