Monday, August 8, 2011

Warbler Surprise

Springbrook banding on Sunday was brutal with mosquitos - but worth with with 62 individuals of 16 species! Heavily loaded with Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, Black-capped Chickadees - and a female, SY Hooded Warbler! With a brood patch! No way to know if she bred there at Springbrook with timing. In all the years of the banding program, this is the first capture of this species. Pretty exciting! Though most range/breeding maps don't put them anywhere near us, there are some reliable breeding records in places to the north and to the south of us.

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