Sunday, October 20, 2013

A Fall of Warblers

Looking at the radar from last night led us to believe that we were in for another slow day.  A storm system was once again sitting over the North which seemed to be keeping migrants down but that was not the case today.  Catbirds and mixed flocks of warblers kept us busy for most the day. We banded 68 new birds made up of 20 species half of which were warbler species.  A highlight of the day was the capture of our first of the season Orange-crowned Warbler.  

Orange-crowned Warbler (AHY, female)

Though the best bird of day, hands down, was an adult Bay-breasted Warbler.  This is the first banding record of a Bay-breasted Warbler for KIBS!


Bay-breasted Warbler (AHY)


1 Eastern Phoebe

3 House Wren

1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

2 Swainson’s Thrush

12 Gray Catbird

1 Orange-crowned Warbler

3 Northern Parula

6 Cape May Warbler

9 Black-throated Blue Warbler

10 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)

6 Palm Warbler (Western)

1 Bay-breasted Warbler

1 American Redstarts

7 Common Yellowthroat

1 Northern Waterthrush

2 Indigo Bunting

2 Painted Bunting


2 White-eyed Vireo

2 Carolina Chickadee

3 House Wren

14 Gray Catbird

1 Painted Bunting

2 Northern Cardinal


# of Birds Banded:  68

# of Recaptures:  24

# of Species: 20

Effort:  99.6 net-hours

Capture Rate:  92.4 birds/100 net-hours

# of Nets:  20

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