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August 3, 2009 / stephanie

wrapping up in Brownwood Texas

We only have 2 more days of banding left in Texas! Then the MAPS 2009 season is officially over. Sad, but also sweet since I’m excited to go back home! Luckily there’s plenty of time to enjoy the fall migration once I get back to Madison. Hurray for getting to identify fall warblers and sparrows.

This past week so far has been a little bit crazy! If it hasn’t been one thing it has been another. We have been getting a lot of empidonax flycatchers lately (basically the hardest birds in North America to identify in the hand, or the hardest birds to identify ever as far as I can tell!) The best way to identify them is by sound, and birds don’t sing in your hand. Mostly they have ended up being Least Flycatchers which have already begun their migration south for winter.
Here are the feisty flycatchers making flycatcher faces:
Along with the crazy “empids,” today we got a crazy flock of bushtits. On our first net run of the day, I stumbled upon a net with no fewer than 10 bushtits caught in it and chirping their little tiny heads off. (If only I had a photo of this!! But I don’t bring my camera with me on net-runs) Luckily I was able to call for back up and we managed to get them all out, plus a bonus female Black-and-white Warbler. We only lost one bushtit in the process and got them all banded and on their way. At the end of the day we banded 19 birds (Bushtits, Warbler + juvenile Cardinals, Rufous-crowned Sparrows, Painted Buntings and a Least Flycatcher). Definitely a high number for us, but we’ll see what tomorrow brings. We will be going to our overall most productive site.
So on to the birdy whims like I promised. Exciting news, I finished my owl sweater!
Yes my Brownwood bedroom came with some nice fake wood paneling
Ta-da! According to the pattern, I’m supposed to add little buttons to complete the owl eyes. I don’t have any buttons right now but maybe sometime later after I get home I will find some owl-eye buttons. I’m really happy how it turned out though. I will have to wait awhile to wear it though, not much use in the 100 degree Texas heat!!
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  1. Suezq / Aug 3 2009 11:29 pm

    WOW! Your owl sweater looks really, really terrific! Congrats & kudos!Can't wait to see you. You've been missed.

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