Our top ten were:
- 1) Ruby-crowned Kinglet 797
- 2) Yellow-rumped Warbler 632
- 3) White-crowned Sparrow 458
- 4) Dark-eyed Junco 334
- 5) MacGillivray's Warbler 274
- 6) Dusky Flycatcher 254
- 6) Nashville Warbler 254
- 8) Western Tanager 253
- 9) Chipping Sparrow 245
- 10) Yellow Warbler 221
On October 9 we captured our second Savannah Sparrow of the season (and only our 9th in 12 years - see below). It looks like one of the darkest subspecies and, in some ways, resembles a Lincoln's Sparrow.
Savannah Sparrow on 10-9-08 (photo by Mike McDonald)
In contrast, check out the Savannah Sparrow we captured on 9-18-08 (photo by Jake Schas) - note that the lighting is different in each photo but, notwithstanding, there is a noticeable difference in coloration (& if you click on each photo, you can get a better look at each bird)
In other news, the diurnal raptor flight has really slowed down since the big storm of Oct 10-11. Even though the raptor #s tend to be lower from Oct 10 on in each season, we usually see some decent flights (50-100 birds/day) on good weather days and the numbers this year are much lower than usual for this time of year. That said, this is the time of year when we see some 'sexy' species or subspecies including Rough-legged Hawks, Harlan's race of Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Goshawk, and Merlin.
The owl crew is still catching a handful of Northern Saw-whet Owls and we did have a record year for Flammulated Owls (at least 60).
I will post final tallies for the raptors after the season finishes on Oct 31.