Wednesday, September 18, 2013

1000th Bird Banded This Fall

We banded 28 new birds and had 5 recaptures of 10 different species.  Five nets were not opened this morning because they were exposed to the windy condition and would not have been safe for netting birds.  Common Yellowthroats are still abundant and probably will be for a while longer. 

We banded our 1000th bird of the fall season this morning!  I would have bet everything that it would have been a Common Yellowthroat but when I opened the bag I was surprised to see a Black-throated Blue Warbler.  I was curious to see when we reach 1000 birds last season and interestingly enough it was on September 17th only one day earlier than this year.     

Black-throated Blue Warbler (HY, male)

On the very last net round of the day we captured a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  This is the 2nd hummer that we have captured in our nets this fall.  Unfortunately, we cannot band hummerbirds as special training is required to band them. 

- Aaron    

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (AHY, female)

1 White-eyed Vireo
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Prairie Warbler
1 American Redstart
22 Common Yellowthroat
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Painted Bunting

1 Northern Mockingbird
1 Brown Thasher
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Painted Bunting
1 Northern Cardinal

# of Banded Birds:  28
# of Recaptures:  5
# of Species:  10
Effort:  64.8 net-hours
Capture Rate:  50.9 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets:  15

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