During the month of June we captured a total of 105 birds; 57 were new. My thoughts were on flycatchers on 3 June and sure enough we caught one, a Traill's Flycatcher, a probable Willow.
Our first Pine Warbler for 2011 was captured on our last net round for the day, a second year female. Her plumage was rather tattered and she had a molt limit in her tail feathers. Pine Warblers generally don't molt their tail as a young bird during their first prebasic molt, so she must have lost some tail feathers adventitiously (accidently) and the new ones replaced come in as adult feathers. She had a brood patch starting and was processed quickly.
Our first hatch year birds showed up on 8 June. That is the earliest for us to see hatch years and I was quite surprised considering the cold spring we had. One was a Carolina Wren
and our first baby Song Sparrow.
All our baby birds are quickly processed and brought back to the net area where we captured them.
There were no notable captures again until 26 June when we had our first Great-crested Flycatcher. This bird presented with a non-extensive brood patch and since both sexes incubate the young we were unable to note the sex.
Our first Cedar Waxwings showed up also; a combination of males and females, five in all.
We had one with orange edging to the rectrices where the rest had yellow edging. She was probably munching on a variant honeysuckle species last summer when her tail feathers were growing. Here is a comparision, orange edging on the left, yellow on the right. They weren't too happy being photographed together and it was all we could do to keep the aggressive bird on the right from biting the bird on the left. These second year birds had no red waxy tips to their seconday feathers.
One of the cutest babies captured on the 26th was our first of the year Barn Swallow!
The lack of extension of the tail feathers compared to adults is easily seen in this photo.
Late in the morning an adult female Ruby-throated Hummingbird showed up, our first one for the season.
Many thanks to Gretchen Putonen and Judith Bruce for helping out at the banding station during the month of June. Birds seen, heard, or captured are shown below.
Total Birds: 105 Total Species: 52Total Banded Species: 16 Birds/100 net-hours: 19
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Horned Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 1
Traill's Flycatcher- 1
Great Crested Flycatcher- 1
Barn Swallow- 1
Black-capped Chickadee- 3
Carolina Wren- 4
American Robin- 2
Gray Catbird- 23
Cedar Waxwing- 5
Yellow Warbler- 2
Pine Warbler- 1
Prairie Warbler- 9
Common Yellowthroat- 25
Northern Cardinal- 3
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Song Sparrow- 15
American Goldfinch- 9