Friday, August 22, 2014

Hot! Hot! HOT!

Bird activity slowed way down today despite some moderate bird movements detected on the radar over the Carolinas last night.  We only banded 13 new birds and had 4 recaptures of 8 different species.  We had to close the nets down around 9:30 am because it just got too hot.  This extreme heat we are experiencing right now should only last another day or two.  "Cooler" temperatures are on the way - it may be in the mid-80's by Monday!

The most interesting capture of the day was the recaptured Prothonotary Warbler which was originally banded last fall on 08/19/13.  Additionally, it was recaptured in the exact same net as it was captured in last year.  It always amazes me when a bird can find its way back to the exact same 12m x 2.5m area on a small spit of land on the west end of Kiawah Island.


1 Willow Flycatcher
3 Northern Waterthrush
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 American Redstart
1 Northern Cardinal
6 Painted Bunting

1 Prothonotary Warbler
1 Prairie Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Painted Bunting

# of New Birds:  13
# of Recaptures:  4
# of Species:  8
Effort:  68.0 net-hours
Capture Rate:  25.0 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets:  20

Aaron Given
Mattie VandenBoom
Libby Natola
Matt Zak

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