Friday, August 15, 2014

First Day of the 2014 Fall Banding Season

The 2014 fall banding season is underway and it started out with bang!  We banded 69 new birds and had 4 recaptures of 15 different species.  This is by far the best "first day" we have had in the 6 years of banding during fall migration.  We had many of the usual suspects for this time of year - lots of hatch-year Painted Buntings and Northern Cardinals along with a smattering of Carolina Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, and Northern Mockingbirds.  Neotropical migrants made a good showing as well with many Prairie Warblers, Northern Waterthrushes, and American Restarts.


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Northern Waterthrush

Prothonotary Warbler

1 Common Ground-Dove
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
3 Carolina Chickadee
2 Carolina Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Northern Mockingbird
16 Prairie Warbler
6 American Redstart
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Prothonotary Warbler
1 Black-and-White Warbler
7 Northern Waterthrush
9 Northern Cardinal
16 Painted Bunting

1 Northern Cardinal
3 Painted Bunting

# of Birds Banded:  69
# of Recaptures: 4
# of Species:  15
Effort:  134.0 net-hours
Capture Rate:  54.5 birds/100 net-hours

Aaron Given
Jill Midgett

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