Monday, November 10, 2014

November 10, 2014 Towhee's Ticks

This morning we caught 35 birds from 6 species, 26 of which were new and 9 that were recaptures. As these are wild animals, we sometimes catch birds with a variety of maladies, such as pox, deformities, and recently, a Gray Catbird with a twig embedded in its abdomen. This morning we caught a female Eastern Towhee that had two enormous, engorged ticks on her head. We released her in good condition after relieving her of the two hitchhikers. 

Yikes! Two large ticks on the scalp of an Eastern Towhee

3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Gray Catbird
21 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Eastern Towhee

1 Carolina Chickadee
1 House Wren
5 Gray Catbird
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler

# of New Birds: 26
# of Recaptures: 9 
# of Species: 6
Effort: 134.55 net-hours
Capture Rate: 26.01 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets: 23

Aaron Given
William Oakely
Matt Zak
Libby Natola