Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Slight Change of Pace

Well we had a slight change of pace today with 196 new birds banded.  If you remember from yesterday, we only had 8 new birds.  A total 204 birds, including new and recaptures, made today the biggest day of the season thus far.   Yellow-rumped Warblers came through in large flocks and by the end of the day we banded 180 individuals, making up over 90 percent of the new birds banded today.

A Yellow-rumped Warbler patiently waiting to be picked from a net.

Between the waves of yellow-rumps, we had a few noteworthy captures including two previous season returns.  The first was an Eastern Towhee that was originally banded on 10/28/2011 as an after hatch year making it at least 3 years old.  The second was a Yellow-rumped Warbler that was banded exactly a year ago today.  We also had our second House Finch of the season. 

House Finch (Male)

Hopefully today has set the pace for the rest of the season!  


1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
8 Hermit Thrush
1 Gray Catbird
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
180 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Palm Warbler (Western)
2 Indigo Bunting
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 House Finch

1 House Wren
1 Gray Catbird
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Painted Bunting
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Swamp Sparrow

# of New Birds:  196
# of Recaptures:  8
# of Species:  15
Effort:  129.25 net-hours
Capture Rate:  157.8 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets:  20

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