Another Slow Morning in the Hammock

Only a few birds so far by 9:30 am.  We did pick up an Ovenbird and a Swainson’s Thrush which were cool.  Things really slowed down when the heat picked up.  We ended up with only 8 birds (2 of them were recaptures).  Another highlight was seeing a Red-Shouldered Hawk flying off with a freshly killed grey squirrel.  Very cool!

We decided to close a little early (11:00 am) since it had gotten quite hot with no breeze and there were virtually no birds around!  We need a little stormy weather to slow some of the migrants down and encourage them to stick around Hammock Park.

Species List:

  1. Northern Cardinal (1 recapture) – 2
  2. Brown Thrasher – 1
  3. Red-eyed Vireo – 1
  4. Ovenbird -1
  5. Swainson’s Thrush – 2
  6. Carolina Wren (recapture) – 1

Total:  8 Birds

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Volunteer John Hood with an Ovenbird

#Ovenbird close-up


Notice the buffy eye-ring of the Swainson’s Thrush #swainsonsthrush

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Slow Start to the Fall Banding Season

Last Sunday we had a total of 13 birds captured with cardinAls being the most numerous (3 new/1 recapture).  Lots of other resident birds with Carolina wrens, brown thrashers and a blue jay in the mix.  Many of he birds were young hatch years (born this summer).  We don’t catch many blue jays since the habitat isn’t right for them (too swampy).  They prefer more upland oak hammock habitats.

We did have to migrant birds.  These included an Ovenbird and a Veery.  The Veery is probably my favorite species of thrush with its cinnamon colored back and muted spotting on the upper breast. It had a fat score of 4 which means it was probably going to continue its migration south to South America in the next day or two.  Hopefully, they are the harbingers for many more migrants to come (starting tomorrow)!

Volunteer Wendy releasing a friendly Carilina Wren.

Veery getting a quick weight.

Veery head shot

Notice the lack if distinct spots on the breast.

Ovenbird head shot