We did much better than I had expected with 58 new birds and 21 recaptures of 15 different species. Species that migrant to the tropics for the "winter" have started to peter out over that last couple of weeks and have been replaced by species that migrate to the southern portions of North America to spend the non-breeding season. Most of what we captured today are species that are commonly thought of as "our winter birds".
We banded our first ever Red-breasted Nuthatch and Winter Wren today! We have been hearing (and seeing) 1 or 2 Red-breasted Nuthatches around the banding station but never thought we would ever get one in the net because they spend most of their time way up in the pine trees. Last year we had a Winter Wren that hung around the banding table for a day, so I was hopeful that we might get one this year. I had a prior commitment to attend to this morning and unfortunately missed them both.
|Red-breasted Nuthatch (after hatch-year, female)|
|Winter Wren (after hatch-year, sex unknown)|
Photo by DeeAnne Meliopoulos