15 September 2007
Today was the North American Migration Count. I was at work and ready to go on the walk by 8 am. We had a pretty exciting day full of waders, warblers, and shorebirds. We saw a total of 540 birds, 54 species in all. My normal weekly counts afford me around 30 species but the NAMC takes 3 hours to my normal 1 hour walk. The highlights for me were definitely the warblers. Fall coloration proved to be a little tricky on a couple but we had 6 warbler species in total, which is 6 more than we had two weeks ago. I guess migration is offically open for business. This means I will be taking all my lunch breaks on the board walk for the next few weeks. My 3 lifers of the day were: Chestnut-sided Warbler, Cape May Warbler, and Red-eyed Vireo. We also had a few more interesting birds for Green Cay including Prothonatory Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, and Least Sandpiper. My Chestnut-sided Warbler looked like the first year bird you see in the picture.