Monday, October 28, 2013

Some new and some old feathered friends

With 78 birds banded, today was moderately productive.  Catbirds are down to third place, being outnumbered by Ruby-crowned Kinglets (7) and our first-place winner, butterbutts (a.k.a. Yellow-Rumped Warblers, of which we caught 55).  Additionally, we have less than ten Painted Buntings to go before we reach 200 buntings banded this year.

We also caught our second sharpie of the season.  This one was a hatch-year male.  Hatch-year Sharp-shinned Hawks have yellower eyes and are more streaky.

Sharp-shinned Hawk (HY, male)
Lastly, our three recaptured Yellow-rumped Warblers were all banded in other seasons.  One was banded in February of this year, one was banded last November, and one was banded in November of 2011.

- Vicki

New Birds
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Common Ground-dove
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 House Wren
7 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Swainson's Thrush
4 Gray Catbird
55 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Indigo Bunting
1 Painted Bunting
3 Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow

1 House Wren
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
9 Gray Catbird
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
4 Northern Cardinal
1 Swamp Sparrow

Banding Stats
# of Birds Banded: 78
# of Recaptures: 19
# of Species: 13
Effort: 101.5 net-hours
Capture Rate: 95.6 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets: 20

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