CHIP FMM: August 8 – 14th, 2012
By the Second week of FMM we were catching more and more crossbills and they were beginning to carry a substantial amount of fat. The only birds heard singing were Yellow Warblers, Western Wood Pewees and Red-eyed Vireos. We caught our first Belted Kingfisher (The picture featured above). At CHIP we rarely catch the adults, but the juvenile Kingfishers fly into the net every so often. They are truly spectacular birds! We continued to see and catch many Least Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Sapsuckers, Pine Siskins, White winged and Red Crossbills, Wrens, American Robins, White-crowned and Song Sparrows and Gray Catbirds. The Catbirds seemed to be growing in numbers and the flock of Crossbills only seemed to be increasing as well. It’s amazing that the two Crossbill species have such different temperaments; the White-winged Crossbills are docile in the net and fairly accepting in the hand whereas the Red Crossbills have a temper akin to chickadees, down right evil. The Chipping Sparrows that we saw in large flocks in the spring were finally starting to trickle back into the area. By the end of the second week we were also catching juvenile “Traill’s” Flycatchers and only juvenile Least Flycatchers as the adults seem to have already passed through. The weather was calm and warm; we really needed a big storm to get some of the species moving.