We banded 25 new birds and had 19 recaptures of 9 different species. It was nice not to have any wind for a change, although it did not seem to increase our capture rate any. The most surprising bird captured today was a Painted Bunting! Looking back over the last 4 years of banding data for KIBS, this is by far the latest Painted Bunting record we've ever had. The last Painted Bunting captured this year was on 11/05/12 and the last one captured last year was on 10/21/11. There are a handful of Painted Buntings that overwinter in SC, so maybe this bird has decided to try its luck here for the winter.
Five returns from previous year:
Brown Thrasher - 10/07/10
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 10/31/11, 11/13/11, 12/09/11, 03/07/12
|Painted Bunting (hatch-year, sex unknown)|
|Downy Woodpecker (hatch-year, female)|