We had a much slower day with 49 new birds and 7 recaptures of 10 different species. Yellow-rumped Warblers dominated the nets with 38 being banded. The most interesting birds today were all recaptures:
1. Our first returning House Wren of the fall. This bird was banded
last fall on 10/12/11 as a hatch-year and was recaptured numerous times
(6) between October 2011 and February 2012.
2. A returning Eastern Towhee. This bird was also banded last fall
on 10/28/11 as an after hatch-year male. This is the first time he has been
recaptured since. Eastern Towhees are year-round residents a KIBS,
however we also have migrants that come through during migration. It is
unclear whether this bird is a permanent resident or just passing
3. An "old" Northern Cardinal. This bird was the 8th Northern Cardinal
ever banded at KIBS way back on 07/23/2009. Incidentally, this was the
first banding session ever conducted at KIBS! He was an after hatch-year
at the time of banding, which would make him at least 4 years old.
|Eastern Towhee (after hatch-year, male)|