Monday, August 24, 2009

Cape May Warbler with a moth
House Wren
Well, we've made the switch from our nocturnal schedule owl banding to our day schedule.
The woods have been fairly productive the last few mornings with sightings of Tennessee, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Cape May, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Palm, and Bay-breasted Warblers, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Pileated Woodpecker, and House Wren. The wren has actually been present for a couple weeks now. The shorebirds have been decent and it is exciting that one of this summer's Piping Plover chicks has returned. We only know that it is one of the chicks thanks to Erin Roche and the plover crew who banded the chicks this summer. There was also a Chaffinch today. While Chaffinch have become a regular spring sighting since a bunch of birds were released in Chicago, I believe this may be the first fall sighting.

Piping Plover chick in early July

Piping Plover, one of the summer's chicks on August 24

Striped Hairstreak

There have been a few butterflies around, including American Copper, Pink-edged Sulphur, Monarch, White Admiral, Common Wood-Nymph, and Northern Pearly Eye

Chris Neri

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