Thursday, September 24, 2015

FOS: Acadian Flycatcher

It was a rain-shortened day out at Captain Sam's.  We had to close down the nets around 9:00am due to a light but steady rain.  I believe we would have been in for a really good day of banding if we could have kept the nets open longer.  We still banded 66 new birds and had 7 recaptures of 17 different species in about a 2.5 hour period.  Highlights today included two Cape May Warblers (1 adult male and 1 adult female) and our first-of-the-season (for Captain Sam's) Indigo Bunting.


It was an overcast and windier day out at Little Bear this morning compared to yesterday, but not windy enough to cause us to close any nets. It did begin to rain a couple hours after opening and picked up around 9:30, causing us to close for the day. Even with having the nets open for a short period of time, we still had a pretty good number of birds! We banded 47 new birds and had 7 recaptures of 13 species. We also caught a first-of-the season Acadian Flycatcher! After analyzing all the measurements we came to the conclusion it was an Acadian due to its grey legs and large bill length and width. Yellow-bellied Flycatchers also have grey legs but the length and width of the bill was too large for a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher but in the range of the Acadian Flycatcher. Little Bear seems to be a great place for flycatchers, with already 5 flycatcher species caught this season!


Acadian Flycatcher (hatch-year, sex unknown)
Photo by Mattie VandenBoom

  SpeciesCaptain Sam'sLittle Bear
Acadian Flycatcher--1-
White-eyed Vireo-111
Red-eyed Vireo1--1
Carolina Chickadee-1--
Carolina Wren-1-1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher--1-
Gray Catbird4-1-
Northern Mockingbird1--1
Northern Waterthrush5---
Common Yellowthroat36-302
American Redstart8-5-
Cape May Warbler2---
Yellow Warbler3-1-
Black-throated Blue Warbler1---
Palm Warbler (Western)1-4-
Prairie Warbler1-2-
Indigo Bunting1---
Painted Bunting-2--

 Banding Stats Captain Sam's Little Bear TOTAL
# Birds Banded 65 47 112
# of Recaptures 6 6 12
# of Species 17 13 19
Effort (net-hours) 54.25 33 87.25
Capture Rate (birds/100 net-hours) 130.9 160.6 142.1
Nets 22 10 32

Banding Staff
Aaron Given (CS)
Mattie VandenBoom (LB)
Chris Snook (LB)
Nancy Raginski (CS)
Sean McElaney (CS)
Casey Weissburg (CS)
Micheal Gamble (LB)
Ryan Donnelly (CS)

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