The Manomet Banders

Photos by Megan Gray.

We finished the week with 93 new birds banded, 103 recaptures processed, and three new species. This brings our season total up to 202 new birds banded, 229 recaptures processed, and 28 total species. New species that caught this week included Gray Catbird and Brown Creeper.

Monday was a cold and windy day and we weren’t able to open nets. We did catch several new White-throated Sparrows that likely arrived at Manomet over the weekend. After a vibrant sunrise and the clouds burned off Tuesday, it was a beautiful spring day. Wood Anemone is blooming in small groups along the sun-dappled net lanes.

Overnight Wednesday we had light southwest winds that carried newly arrived migrants to Manomet. Showers in the morning meant we opened later than usual but we caught several new White-throated Sparrows, Eastern Towhees, Swamp Sparrows, and Myrtle Warblers. There were also Black-and-white Warblers singing their high-pitched squeaky wheel song along with a few Blue-headed Vireos singing high in the trees. We caught over 70 birds on Wednesday, 44 of which were new bandings, showing that we had a nice movement of birds overnight.