Friday, November 21, 2014

Banding Assistants' Last Day

Today was the banding assistants' last day.  I was hoping for a busier day but we only managed to band 16 new birds with 17 recaptures of 11 different species.    I would like to thank them for a wonderful season!  We had a record breaking season with regard to the total number of birds banded (and I still have 9 days left) and I could not have done it without there dedication to the project.  They put in so much effort over the last three months, enduring the heat and humidity of late August to the below freezing temperatures that we have experienced over the last few days.  To huddling under the canopy tent waiting for a rain shower to pass, to swatting what seems like an endless supply of mosquitoes, they did it with a smile.  I wish them the best of luck in the future as they move on to the next chapter of their wildlife career!  

2014 KIBS Fall Banding Crew
From left to right (Mattie, Libby, William, Matt, and Aaron)

1 Mourning Dove
1 Common Ground-Dove
1 House Wren
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Gray Catbird
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
8 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Song Sparrow

1 Common Ground-Dove
1 Carolina Wren
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Hermit Thrush
6 Gray Catbird
5 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Swamp Sparrow

# of New Birds:  16
# of Recaptures:  17
# of Species:  11
Effort:  126.5 net-hours
Capture Rate:  26.1 birds/100 net-hours
# of Nets:  23