Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 22nd 2014

The temperature today was a little cold due to a cold front that came in during the night which negatively impacted the movement of birds. This front along with stronger winds kept our numbers down with only 47 new birds and 19 recaptures. However we did see a high level of diversity with 20 different species. In addition to a strong day of diversity we also had a large amount of movement in the sky's above our nets. Throughout the day we observed a large number of Turkey Vultures migrating as well as a large flock or flight of Tree Swallows Unfortunately none of the Tree Swallows have found their way into our nets, but we are still optimistic.

NEW BIRDS
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
4 Eastern Phoebe
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Hermit Thrush
21 Gray Catbird
1 Ovenbird
3 Common Yellowthroat
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
2 Black-throated Blue Warbler
4 Palm Warbler (Western)
5 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Painted Bunting

RECAPTURES
1 Carolina Chickadee
13 Gray Catbird
3 Common Yellowthroat
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Swamp Sparrow

BANDING STATS
# of New Birds:  47
# of Recaptures:  19
# of Species:  20
Effort:  91.5 net-hours
Capture Rate:  72.1 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets:  23

BANDING STAFF
Aaron Given
Mattie VandenBoom
Libby Natola
Matt Zak
William Oakley