Shake Your Tail Feathers: Warblers

Part 2 of the series on rectrices. See Part 1!

Hooded Warbler

Hooded Warbler

 

 

Bay- breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

 

 

 

 

 

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

 

 

 

 

 

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

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Whigging Out

I helped out at the banding station at Whigg Meadow in TN. It was a migration station, so I got to handle  more diverse species than the usual grassland ones I work with.

WARBLERS!

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Black-throated Blue (male)

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Hooded Warbler (male)

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Tennessee Warbler

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Hooded Warbler (female)

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Magnolia Warbler

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Ovenbird

OTHERS!

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Winter Wren

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Dark Eyed Junco

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Blue-headed Vireo resting in hand.

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Swainson’s Thrush (right), Veery (left)

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Veery

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Red-eyed Vireo

What I learned:

There is a sort of cheat when it comes to aging thrushes. The first primary covert (outside to inside) on hatch year birds is long and rounded while after hatch year birds have a short pointed p1.

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After Hatch Year

The Whigg Banding Station is open through the month September, ending on the 28th. Check it out! It is open annually.