Another day of banding awaited us on an early Monday morning. As the sun peaked above the horizon, we opened the mist nets on the east side of the gulch at a private local banding station under a mostly cloudy sky. At the “soggies” (a lane of three twelve meter nets), I caught a quick glimpse of a White-throated Sparrow, which we captured in the net later in the day.
After a few dry net runs, a Sharp-shinned Hawk flew through the gulch flushing lots of birds into the nets. Thanks to the Sharpie, one of the birds caught was a Northern Parula, a rare migrant warbler!
We ended the day with a big surprise. The Sharp-shinned Hawk managed to get in one of the western nets!
The other, more usual birds we banded that day were Black-capped Chickadees, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbers, an Orange-crowned Warbler, Song Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, a Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Juncos, American Goldfinches, and a House Finch.