Even home-school kids have field trips, and I tagged along on one today to a place called Manomet – https://www.manomet.org/ to see a presentation about banding migrant landbirds. The winds finally shifted about 2 days ago, so now the southwest winds are bringing warblers up to New England.
Trevor Lloyd Evans and Maina Handmaker were our hosts, and gave us a lot of their time & attention. Here’s some of the birds we saw up close, as they were ready to be released, after having been weighed, measured, and recorded…
well, this first one wasn’t captured – it’s a flyover during our intro – an osprey.
this one I shot a lot, because I had never seen one before – a mourning warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia)
Maina & one of the kids releasing a female American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
This might be that redstart, or a young male we saw after..
Showing some of the kids how to tell the age of this catbird, based on feather color…
Northern waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)
female magnolia warbler (Setophaga magnolia)
Least flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) – I could never ID this bird beyond “flycatcher” –
Rose got to let this one fly…
Right near the end of our visit, we got to see this chestnut-sided warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)
And one whose name makes some sense – the common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Trevor and Manomet’s mascot, the gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
thanks to all for making this trip possible. I had more fun than I could stand.