Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday's Results: 4,000th Bird of the Fall!

We banded 42 new birds and had 15 recaptures of 11 different species today.  The 5th bird banded this morning, a Song Sparrow, was the 4,000th bird banded this fall at KIBS!  But the "Bird-of-the-Day" was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - our 2nd of the fall!  We had another day full of interesting Yellow-rumped Warbler recaptures with four more birds that were banded in previous years (11/13/09, 01/15/10, 01/28/11, 11/15/11).  

On November 5th's post I mentioned a Yellow-rumped Warbler that we captured that was wearing a band with a number that was not assigned to me.  I received an email from the Bird Banding Laboratory informing me that the Yellow-rumped Warbler was banded by the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory near Rochester, New York on 10/03/12.  That is approximately 900 miles from Kiawah Island, SC!          


We were able to sex this American Robin as male based on the extensive amount of black on the head.  Additionally, we could tell that it was an after hatch-year (adult) based on the lack of molt limit within the greater coverts and the relatively large white tips on the greater coverts (see 2nd photo below). 

American Robin (after hatch-year, male)

American Robin (after hatch-year, male)


1Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

1 Eastern Phoebe

2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

1 American Robin

4 Gray Catbird

28 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)

1 Common Yellowthroat

3 Song Sparrow

1 White-throated Sparrow



1 Carolina Wren

1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

1 Hermit Thrush

4 Gray Catbird

6 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)

2 Eastern Towhee



# of Birds Banded:  42

# of Recaptures:  15

# of Species:  11

Effort:  85.0 net-hours

Capture Rate:  67.1 bird/100 net-hours

# of Nets:  17

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