9/8,9 – Weekday Banding, Birdcraft

Birds waiting to be banded

Fall has officially begun! The nets were set up on Tuesday of last week (9/7) and the banding started on Wednesday (9/8). The Birdcraft Sanctuary in Fairfield is a fantastic migrant trap and during spring and fall passerine migrations the CT Audubon operates a banding station on the grounds of the sanctuary. Click here to view a similar post from this past may.

We got off to a slow start on Wednesday, when thundershowers cut the morning short. We were able to band the following birds:

2 Gray Catbirds

1 Northern Waterthrush

2 Northern Cardinal; 1 recap

On Thursday morning we picked up the pace with 7 species and 23 individuals banded. The highlight of the morning was a juvenile Gray-cheeked Thrush, which Judy Richardson thought was a Bluebird when we spotted the bird from far off in the net. The thrush set the pace for an awesome morning!

There was a good sized flight of American Robins, Gray Catbirds and Common Yellowthroats. Unfortunately, we didn’t spend much time to tally other migrants until the end when most of the birds had quieted down.

1 Gray-cheeked Thrush–juvenile

1 Wood Thrush–juvenile

5 American Robin; 1 recap

7 Gray Catbird

1 Northern Waterthrush

1 Ovenbird

7 Common Yellowthroat


1 Broad-winged Hawk

3 Black-crowned Night-Herons

1 American Redstart




Broad-winged Hawk


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