September 2010 Banding Activities

Most of our time in September is taken up by our migration study. It is exciting when the migrants begin to move through the area. Good numbers of Wilson’s Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Nashville Warblers, and Orange-crowned Warblers are expected each season but there is always the possibility of a surprise on each net run. We made one trip back to Live Oak Ranch in Menard County to check migrant activity there. The great surprise of this trip was a Warbling Vireo which was the first of this species that we have banded in more than five years.  At the Hummer House, we banded a Black Phoebe which was only the second of this species to be banded at this site. We also banded two Swainson’s Thrushes which were the third and fourth of this species banded at the Hummer House.  We also banded Bullock’s and Orchard Orioles along with Yellow-breasted Chats which are common in other areas but seldom banded at the Hummer House.