Sunday, October 27, 2013

Drab but Beautiful

Activity remained fairly low around the nets again today with 49 new birds banded and 14 recaptures. Yellow-rumped Warblers continue to increase, keeping us busy as they comprised more than half of the new birds banded.
     Today we caught our second Orange-crowned Warbler of the season. This variably plumaged warbler is much more common in the western half of the continent, but an overwintering population in the Southeast makes them regulars here at KIBS in the fall. Eastern birders often forget Orange-crowneds amongst the wide array of more colorful wood-warblers that we are treated to every fall. However, I found the gray head and back, broken white eye ring, and bright yellow undertail of this young female particularly striking.
Orange-crowned Warbler (Hatch-year Female)

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 House Wren
1 Hermit Thrush
5 Gray Catbird
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
29 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
3 Common Yellowthroat
2 Song Sparrow
5 Swamp Sparrow
1 Common Ground-Dove
1 White-eyed Vireo
2 House Wren
6 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 American Redstart
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Swamp Sparrow
# of Birds Banded: 49
# of Recaptures: 14
# of Species: 14
Effort: 103.4 birds/100 net-hours
Capture Rate: 60.9 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets: 20

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