Monday, August 25, 2014

Prairie Warbler Centennial

To the great relief of our banding assistants who all come to Kiawah from the Northeast, the weather was much milder today with low humidity and temperatures in the mid-70s, but the wind picked up causing us to close the nets before noon. Several of our pathways were also flooded with a couple inches of water due to last night's tides. Nevertheless, we managed to band several more birds than yesterday, with 22 new birds and 5 recaptures spanning 10 species. Among these birds was the 100th prairie warbler we have banded this season! We also caught a blue jay going through an interesting molt. 

No, that's not a small, blue vulture.

1 Blue Jay
1 Worm-eating Warbler
2 Northern Waterthrush
1 Black-and-White Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
3 American Redstart
2 Yellow Warbler
6 Prairie Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal
4 Painted Bunting

1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Carolina Wren
3 Painted Bunting

# of Birds Banded:  22
# of Recaptures: 5
# of Species:  10
Effort: 67.2 net-hours
Capture Rate:  40.2 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets:  18

Aaron Given
Mattie VandenBoom
Libby Natola
Matt Zak

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