Another cool morning but it warmed up nicely and turned out to be a very pleasant day for banding birds. We banded 54 birds and had 12 recaptures of 15 different species. Many of the usual suspects were banded today along with a couple of new species for KIBS, a late Yellow-breasted Chat, and another raptor.
On Wednesday when we captured 4 Sharped-shinned Hawks Will, DeeAnne, Michael and I all got to remove one from the net. Unfortunately for Meghan that day, she did not discover one in a net. However, she got her chance today when she walked up to net #12 and there laid our 5th Sharpie of the season!
The biggest surprise today was the capture of a White-crowned Sparrow and a Dark-eyed Junco. Both species are fairly uncommon on Kiawah Island and both represent first banding records for that species at KIBS. These two species bring our total species count for the fall banding season to 85!
|White-crowned Sparrow (hatch-year, sex unknown)|
|Dark-eyed Junco (hatch-year, female)|