Near Record Day at the Hammock!

Finally, the hurricane had passed and a mild cold front arrived bringing a good variety of birds to Hammock Park.  We were setting up the nets to a temperature of 67 degrees and there was no wind.  This made for great banding conditions.

We caught a total of 35 birds (4 were recaptures) of 14 species.  Our record day for the project was 47 birds (Spring 2014).  This included a number of migrants with the Indigo Buntings taking the prize for the day with 9 birds captured.  A number of other species were seen in the park including Blackburnian and Bay-Breasted warblers (but they were too high for the nets).   We also welcomed a field trip from the Florida Birding & Nature Festival which was really fun.  Everyone got to see birds and a few even got to release some of the birds.

Daily Totals:

American Redstart – 1

Blue Jay – 2

Brown Thrasher – 2

Carolina Wren – 1

Common Yellowthroat – 3

Gray Catbird – 4

Hooded Warbler – 2

House Wren – 1

Indigo Bunting – 9

Magnolia Warbler – 1

Northern Cardinal – 2

Ovenbird – 5

White-eyed Vireo – 1

Wood Thrush – 1

Total = 35 Birds (4 recaptures)      14 species


Who’s tail is this? Magnolia Warbler

Hooded Warbler Mug Shot

Interesting molt limits in the primary coverts of an Indigo Bunting

Wood Thrush #18 for the project

Wood Thrush Mug Shot



Swainson’s Warbler Steals the Show

Although it was another slow day of bird banding in hammock Park, we did have one very nice bird – a Swainson’s Warbler 🙂

We had a total of 12 birds with 5 of them recaptures. One of the recaptured Ovenbirds we had initially banded last week. It had lost one gram in weight so I wonder if it might be sticking around for the winter.

The Swainson’s is probably heading down to the West Indies to spend the winter. It had one small, white feather on the crown of it’s head. This is only the 11th we have caught in 7 years and only the first one in the fall!

We are hoping for a cool front at the end of next week to push down more birds.

Banding Totals:

Swainson’s Warbler – 1

Ovenbird – 4 (2 recaptures)

Common Yellow-throat – 1

N. Cardinal – 2 (1 recapture)

Carolina Wren – 3 (2 recaptures)

Blue Jay – 1

Total: 12 birds

Species: 6

Head shot of the “star” of the day

Close-up of the one white feather on crown

Head shot of a female Common Yellow-throat

Young hatch year male Cardinal with his dull beak

Notice the new flight feather molting in.