Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Slow Day But Had Some Returns

It was a very slow at the banding station today with only 22 new birds and 20 recaptures of 15 different species.  Last night's radar images for coastal South Carolina showed a good deal of bird movement, however there was very little activity in states north of us.  The large numbers of birds that arrived yesterday morning left last night, and there was nothing to replace them.  Southerly winds and warm temperatures for tonight and tomorrow will likely result in another slow day tomorrow.  But . . . beginning Thursday temperatures are going to start dropping as a major low pressure system moves into our area bringing with it northerly winds, and some of the coldest nights that we have had yet this fall.  And I'm sure there will be loads of Yellow-rumped Warblers coming with it too!

This is the time of year when we start to get some wintering birds returning to KIBS.  And today we had a few.

1.  Yellow-rumped Warbler #2720-51082 - originally banded on 11/10/13 with no previous recaptures.

2.  Yellow-rumped Warbler #2720-51206 - originally banded on 11/17/13 with not previous recaptures.

3.  Yellow-rumped Warbler #2340-121329 - originally banded on 11/25/11.  This bird has been recaptured several time over the past 4 years (11/10/12, 2/5/13, 3/20/13, 11/28/13, 2/20/14).  

4.  Blue Jay #1713-09744 - originally banded on 10-17-13 with no previous recaptures.

1 House Wren
1 Hermit Thrush
4 Gray Catbird
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
4 Common Yellowthroat
1 Northern Parula
1 Palm Warbler (Western)
6 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 Indigo Bunting

1 Blue Jay
1 House Wren
1 Carolina Wren
8 Gray Catbird
1 Common Yellowthroat
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Eastern Towhee
2 Swamp Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Painted Bunting

# of New Birds:  22
# of Recaptures: 20
# of Species:  15
Effort:  136.5 net-hours
Capture Rate:  30.8 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets:  23

Aaron Given
Mattie VandenBoom
William Oakley
Libby Natola
Matt Zak