Birds were moving around the outer edges of the circulation of Hurricane Florence who was giving both Carolinas some problems over the weekend. You can see on the radar shot below how the migrants avoided the storm and were moving in big numbers through the Gulf states, down Florida and overwater on both the Atlantic and Gulf sides. The weather down here has been dry and hot so most of these migrants kept going, but some new species did show up such as this beautiful Yellow-throated warbler. Our busy days were only in the 30’s, but if we had had some nighttime showers our banding numbers would have been impressive. Oh well! Safe passage for millions of birds.
Some of our birds are not migrating, including our friendly neighborhood Thick-billed vireo. Birders saw him singing the other day and he sounded pretty good for a juvenile.
The species moving through right now are typical of mid-September, with Worm-eating warblers, Northern waterthrush and Ovenbirds prevalent. Squadrons of Blue-grey gnatcatchers have been all over the Cape, but they do a good job of avoiding the nets. This Ovenbird is about to be released from the weighing tube.
And certain banders got old this week.