Sunday, August 25, 2013

Eastern Whip-poor-will (new species for KIBS)

Well, bird activity was not as good as I would have expected, but it was not too bad.  We banded 33 birds and had 7 recaptures of 12 different species.  We had a nice little push of Northern Waterthrushes and Prairie Warblers with 7 of each species banded.  We also banded our first Common Yellowthroats of the season; a species that we will see over, and over, and over again this fall.  

The bird of the day goes to an Eastern Whip-poor-will!  This is the first time a Whip has ever been banded at KIBS.  In fact, this is the first time (that I know of) that a Whip-poor-will has been recorded on Kiawah Island!

This bird was sexed as a male by the presence of large white patches on the outer three rectrices (tail feathers).  This is also true for our more common Chuck-Will's-Widow.

Eastern Whip-poor-will (HY, male)

Eastern Whip-poor-will
- Aaron

1 Eastern Whip-poor-will
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 "Traill's" Flycatcher
2 Red-eyed Vireo
3 Northern Mockingbird
7 Prairie Warbler
1 Worm-eating Warbler
3 Common Yellowthroat
7 Northern Waterthrush
1 Northern Cardinal
6 Painted Bunting

1 Carolina Wren
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Northern Mockingbird
4 Painted Bunting

# of Birds Banded:  33
# of Recaptures:  7
# of Species:  12
Effort:  102.3 net-hours
Capture Rate:  39.1 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets:  20


  1. Awesome....great job guys! Love it!

  2. Sounds fantastic outside in the yard.