September 16th – September 25th
The last week had been very busy for “Myrtle” Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers and mixed flocks of Sparrows. The White-throated Sparrows continue to grow in numbers as do the White-crowned “Gambel’s” Sparrows, Lincoln’s and Slate-colored Juncos. We’ve caught the most Swamp Sparrows we have of any year and we banded our first Marsh Wren! The Sharp-shinned Hawks are migrating with the “Myrtles” and we continue to catch juvenile males in the nets. The weather is getting calmer with fewer windy days and the afternoons, as a general rule, are as busy as the mornings. The leaves on the Balsam Poplars have mostly fallen and the Trembling Aspen are turning yellow from the ground up. Soon there will be little cover at the station.