Saturday, August 24, 2013

Swainson's Warbler and Lots of Mockers

We had a very good day of banding with 61 new birds and 15 recaptures of 16 different species.  The cold front that moved across KIBS this morning brought in many more migrants than we have been seeing of late.  Stronger north winds are predicted for tonight and tomorrow which should bring in even more birds.  I am expecting tomorrow to be even better! 

The most common species banded today was the Northern Mockingbird with 14.  This is more than half of the total mockingbirds that were banded all of last fall!  All were juveniles and most were captured in groups of two or three as the inexperienced rowdy teenagers were out exploring their natal territory.        

New species for the season included a Swainson's Warbler (2nd ever banding record for KIBS) and three Black-and-White Warblers.


Swainson's Warbler (HY, sex unknown)


1 Great Crested Flycatcher
10 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Carolina Chickadee
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
14 Northern Mockingbird
13 Prairie Warbler
3 Black-and-White Warbler
7 American Redstart
1 Prothonotary Warbler
4 Northern Waterthrush
1 Swainson's Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal
3 Painted Bunting

1 "Traill's" Flycatcher
1 Carolina Chickadee
2 Carolina Wren
2 Brown Thrasher
1 Prairie Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal
7 Painted Bunting

# of Birds Banded:  61
# of Recaptures:  15
# of Species:  16
Effort:  120.0 net-hours
Capture Rate:  63.3 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets:  20

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