Sunday, September 28, 2014

It was a Mimi-"day"!

We had another good day of banding with 89 new birds and 13 recaptures of 17 different species. Common Yellowthroats continue to be the dominate species but Gray Catbirds are starting to make their presence known with 17 banded today.  Over the next few weeks the Common Yellowthroats will begin to fade away as the bulk of the Gray Catbirds begin to move through our area.

It was nice to capture all three regularly occurring mimids in the same net round allowing for a great photo opportunity.  I will post a comparison photo tomorrow of the Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, and Gray Catbird as I left the camera in the truck - again.  As their genus name (Mimidae - latin for mimic) suggests, these species are well known for their vocal repertoire.  They have to ability to mimic a wide variety of birds as well as other sounds they have heard such as car alarms, sirens, and insects.  


1 Common Ground-Dove
1 "Traill's" Flycatcher
6 Red-eyed Vireo
2 House Wren
17 Gray Catbird
2 Brown Thrasher
1 Black-and-White Warbler
48 Common Yellowthroat
5 American Redstart
2 Yellow Warbler
1 Indigo Bunting

1 White-eyed Vireo
2 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Carolina Chickadee
2 Common Yellowthroat
2 American Redstart
1 Prairie Warbler
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Painted Bunting

# of New Birds:  89
# of Recaptures:  13
# of Species:  17
Effort:  118.0 net-hours
Capture Rate:  86.4 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets:  20

Aaron Given
Mattie VandenBoom
William Oakley
Libby Natola
Matt Zak  


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