Date: 6/1/19 11:36 am From: Steven Brown <sbrown37...> Subject: [cobirds] CSR Last Day, El Paso Co, Sat.
One goal banding at Clear Spring Ranch this spring was to see if there were any birds still moving on June 1 (or beyond), but things slowed significantly the last two days, and I closed down my station today. I observed/caught TWO migrants yesterday, and 6 today. Most everything else was local breeders, and I don’t like bothering them.
Meredith, I DO watch your posts to see if there is any connection between what you are getting at Chatfield, and what I had here in S El Paso Co. Many days there was similarity, but you usually had bigger numbers. Many days our species lists matched pretty closely. Fun!
I, too, had record numbers, 1040 birds, compared to my previous amazingly high number of 925 in 2017. I didn’t get the Virginia’s Warbler, Dusky Flycatcher, or Yellow-rumped Warbler numbers you did, but I had record numbers of Chipping Sparrows, Lincoln Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows (records for both Gambell's and Mountain ssp),Yellow Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers (still only 17), Warbling Vireos, and almost matching record high numbers in several other species like MacGillivray’s Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler and Swainson’s Thrush.
I agree that the cool, misty, SE wind days we had brought in huge numbers, and even several still, clear days (and nights) brought in good numbers on several occasions. In a lot of ways I felt like migration for many was a little later that I had been seeing, and some expected regular species barely showed up at all. (Still on their way???).
It still amazes me that I get many birds at all. There doesn’t appear to me to be anything special about my riparian area that would make birds pass through at ground level, but they do!
If I’m not traveling I plan to re-open around August 1 to start catching Yellow Warblers that are already on the move by then. Too much fun.