Fall 2005

Pictorial Highlights for
September 6-18

Does this view of its undertail help?

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This adult male Black-and-white Warbler banded on September 17 was striking in its definitive basic plumage, even without the black throat patch that is part of its breeding plumage

Adult male Connecticut Warblers, like this one banded on September 16,
do not change their appearance much  from spring to fall

Neither do adult male Wilson's Warblers
(this one was one of several banded during the period)

A congener of the Connecticut, the Mourning Warbler adult male is distinctive in both spring and fall.
Like the Connecticut, its black throat patch will become more obvious in spring due to
wearing away of the light gray tips on its black throat feathers

Of all of the adult males pictured so far, the Magnolia (top photo) and Chestnut-sided (bottom photo)
warblers pictured below have "lost", comparatively, more of their breeding plumage, but they still
retain solid field marks that make their identification fairly straightforward
(not nearly so straightforward, of course, for individuals of the other age/sex classes of these species!)

an HY male Sharp-shinned Hawk, banded on September 16
(this bird is also featured on our home page along with the adult male Wilson's Warbler pictured above)

an HY Lincoln's Sparrow, banded on September 6

an HY Gray-cheeked Thrush, banded on September 15

an HY Philadelphia Vireo banded on September 6

and our first Nashville Warbler (an HY male) on September 6,
one of eleven NAWAs banded during the past two weeks

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Last Updated on 09/19/05
By Robert Mulvihill and Adrienne Leppold