CHIP FMM: August 15 – 20th , 2012
The third week of FMM and we are only getting busier, close to 100 birds for a couple days! The nights and mornings are beginning to cool down and we had a few openings below 5 degrees. In addition, we had a couple of intense storms that seemed to help move some birds through. We started catching migratory warblers including our first Black and White Warbler, a Magnolia, many Wilson’s, more MacGillivary’s, Common Yellowthroats and the beginnings of the Tennessee Warbler migration. We’re catching more “Traill’s” as the days go by and seeing increasing numbers of Cedar Waxwings, Gray Catbirds and Eastern Kingbirds at the station. We still have our little groups of Robins that guard all entrances to the beach and the hatch year chickadees are forming little groups as well. The chickadees are hilarious singers when they’re juvenile; completely out of tune. This week we also saw a Song Sparrow still feeding its three juveniles, so obviously we still have a few residents at the station, but not for long. Other new birds for the FMM include Purple Finches and Chipping Sparrow Juveniles. It is amazing how streaked the Chipping Sparrow juveniles are compared to the clay-colored juveniles. The streaking even extends through the gray nape collar.