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Chestnut-sided and Magnolia Warblers at Beaver Meadow

Published June 22, 2013
Tags: Parks and Preserves, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Eastern Kingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Red-eyed Vireo, House Wrens, Red-tailed Hawk, bird banding

My plans for the day got turned a little upside-down, so I decided to try for the Lawrence's Warbler that was seen at Beaver Meadows a few days ago.  No luck on THAT warbler, but I did get some very nice looks at several Chestnut-sided and a pair of Magnolias.

I scanned the pond for the Virginia Rails that have been seen there but no luck on those either!  I got all excited when I saw a rail-sized bird perching on a dead tree limb but later, photo processing showed it was a Green Heron. Darn!

Photo processing also showed something else: THREE of the birds I photographed were banded! I've never even seen ONE banded bird before, let alone three in one spot. I wonder if Beaver Meadow has a banding station there...

Other noteworthy birds seen today included: Eastern Kingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Red-eyed Vireo, a pair of House Wrens feeding young, Red-tailed Hawk, and I'm fairly certain I heard an Acadian Flycatcher.

UPDATE:  Thanks to Andrea Patterson, this is the information regarding banding at Beaver Meadow:  "There is a MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) station at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center.  They band one day out of every ten, from June 1 - August 8.  The MAPS program focuses on locally breeding birds, so seeing banded birds near an active MAPS station is pretty common."

And here is a link to the Beaver Meadow website:  Beaver Meadow website »
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Magnolia Warbler
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Magnolia Warbler - notice his leg band
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Magnolia Warbler
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Magnolia Warbler
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Chestnut-sided Warbler
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Chestnut-sided Warbler
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Chestnut-sided Warbler
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Chestnut-sided Warbler - I think they had a nest nearby too
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Chestnut-sided Warbler - notice his leg band too!
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Chestnut-sided Warbler
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Gray Catbird - a WITH band on his leg
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House Wren
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Great Blue Heron across Beaver Pond
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Red-eyed Vireo
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Song Sparrow
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Cedar Waxwing
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Female Widow Skimmer (thanks Willie!)
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Close-up of the Chestnut-sided's band
Reply from: Tim on 6/23/2013 9:20 PM
 Beautiful work Sue!I couldnt get that Magnolia to cooperate with me like he did with you.I will have to go back soon and try again and also try for the Lawrence's