CHIP FMM: September 1st – 7th
The weather started changing drastically in the beginning of September. Cypress Hills rarely got days over 25 degrees and the winds began to pick up. In the first week of September bird activity was at its lowest of the summer. We had multiple days of less than ten birds banded. We had a couple of highlights; we caught an AHY American Redstart male, a beautiful bird that we hadn’t seen many of since August; we caught a small male Sharp-shinned hawk; a Canada Warbler, a rare bird for this area; and we began to catch an increasing number of Wilson’s Warblers. We stopped seeing Yellow Warblers and have only caught a few since the beginning of the month. The number of Raptors seen in the park in the first week of September was pretty amazing. We saw Merlins, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, Cooper’s Hawks and Osprey on a regular basis. We also saw many Robins, Gray Catbirds, White-crowned Sparrows, Black-capped Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches. We began to catch a few Yellow-rumped Warblers, the Cedar Waxwings are decreasing in numbers and we no longer saw Eastern Kingbirds. Migration is at the beginning of the end.