Friday, November 29, 2013

Banding Marathon: Another Chat

It was a long day today. . . Blustery winds are predicted for tomorrow (the last day of the fall season) so I decided to take advantage of today's great conditions and pull a sunrise-to-sunset banding marathon.  Bird activity wasn't great but at least it was fairly constant throughout the day.  The bird of the day was a Yellow-breasted Chat - the 2nd one banded in a week!

Yellow-breasted Chat (HY, M)

Other interesting captures included a bunch of returns:

Yellow-rumped Warblers:  11/13/09, 11/18/09, 1/15/10, 11/01/10, 11/13/11, 11/15/11, 12/9/11, 11/4/12, 11/13/12, 11/24/12, 11/24/12.
Gray Catbird:  11/01/12
Northern Cardinal:  11/05/09

By the end of the day I had done the 3/4 mile route to check nets 16 times (not including the opening and closing of nets) plus the 1/2 mile walk in and the 1/2 mile out of the banding station.  My feet were tired but the spectacular view of the sunset over the Kiawah River was well worth it. 

- Aaron

1 Gray Catbird
22 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Yellow-breasted Chat

1 Carolina Chickadee
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 House Wren
4 Gray Catbird
13 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Northern Cardinal

# of Birds Banded:  24
# of Recaptures:  21
# of Species:  7
Effort:  194.0 net-hours
Capture Rate:  23.2 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets:  20

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