Friday, November 7, 2014

FOS: Chipping Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow

Today we banded 40 new birds and had 16 recaptures of 17 different species.  For the most part, it was quite an uneventful day until the 11:10 am net-round.  Not really sure what happened then but a Brown Creeper, Chipping Sparrow, and a Grasshopper Sparrow was brought back to the banding table.  This was our 2nd Brown Creeper of the season (and the 3rd ever for KIBS)!  The Chipping Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow were first-of-the-seasons, and this was only the 2nd Grasshopper Sparrow ever banded at KIBS.

We also had an interesting recapture of a Common Yellowthroat.  This bird was originally banded on 11/13/12.  It was recaptured later that year on 12/20/12 which probably means that this is an overwintering bird.  It was then recaptured again the next fall on 10/12/13 and 11/10/13.  The neat thing about this recapture is that of the 3381 Common Yellowthroats that we have banded prior to this season, this is the only individual to return to KIBS.  And it did it twice!

Chipping Sparrow (hatch-year, sex unknown)

Grasshopper Sparrow (hatch-year, sex unknown)

2 Eastern Phoebe
1 Brown Creeper
1 House Wren
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
4 Hermit Thrush
5 Gray Catbird
1 Palm Warbler (Western)
20 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Grasshopper Sparrow
3 Song Sparrow

2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
5 Gray Catbird
2 Northern Mockingbird
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Prairie Warbler
3 Swamp Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal

# of New Birds:  40
# of Recaptures:  16
# of Species:  17
Effort:  154.1 net-hours
Capture Rate:  36.3 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets:  23

Aaron Given
Mattie VandenBoom
William Oakley
Matt Zak
Julie Hovis