Friday, November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014: Mourning Dove

This morning we caught 48 birds: 26 new and 22 recaps representing 9 different species. One of our more interesting catches was a Mourning Dove, only our second this year. Mourning Doves are common in Kiawah but we rarely catch them because they are large enough that they usually bounce right out of our nets. Another bird of note was a late in season American Redstart. These are one of our earlier migrants, and we haven't caught one in a few weeks. 
video
Here is a slow-motion release of the Mourning Dove


NEW BIRDS
1 Mourning Dove
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Gray Catbird
1 American Redstart
22 Yellow-rumped Warblers

RECAPTURES
1 Common Ground Dove
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Hermit Thrush
8 Gray Catbird
7 Yellow-rumped Warblers
3 Swamp Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal

BANDING STATS
# of New Birds: 26
# of Recaptures: 22
# of Species: 9
Effort: 126.5 net-hours
Capture Rate: 37.94 birds/100 net-hours

BANDING STAFF
Aaron Given
Mattie VandenBoom
Libby Natola
Matt Zak