South winds all last night combined with a very heavy layer of fog this morning made for a fairly slow day of bird banding, but we still had quite a bit of fun. Twenty-seven individual birds were captured of 11 species. Two Ovenbirds were banded, one of which was incredibly fat (with a bulging area of fat on its upper breast) and weighed 9 grams more than the other Ovenbird! Our last net check produced a juvenile Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, a species we really seem to be having good luck with this season. Other birds caught today included 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 13 Gray Catbirds, 1 Brown Thrasher, 1 Magnolia Warbler, 1 Song Sparrow, 1 Northern Cardinal, 1 House Finch, and 1 American Goldfinch. We also had three recaptures, all originally banded at out site, including 1 Wood Thrush (originally banded on 9/17/13), 1 Gray Catbird (9/17/13), 1 Gray Catbird (9/21/11).
Alex is currently studying Wildlife Biology at the Pennsylvania State University. Alex is a traveling field ornithologist, most recently working for the Center for Conservation Biology, studying migrant Whimbrel and other coastal birds of Virginia's Eastern Shore. He has done field work across the US on everything from Yellow-billed Cuckoos to Long-billed Curlews.
An avid birder since 8 years old, Alex has since been able to travel not only across most of the United States, but also to Central America and Southern Africa in search birds. Raptors, shorebirds, and warblers are among his favorite groups of birds to observe and photograph.
Alex is obsessive about eBird, combing through the data to help out with Big Days and is also a budding wildlife photographer.