This morning held much promise after yesterday's surprise near 100 bird day, but despite a big day yesterday we were closer to where we were on Saturday. We caught 25 new birds and 10 recaptures for a total of 11 species. Our most exciting capture of the day was a very nice looking, after hatch year male, Black-and-white Warbler. We also recaptured an old color banded Painted Bunting. Since it had color bands we can tell that it was banded at least three years ago. It is always great to recapture a bird that has migrated through your site successfully several times, we hope to have her come back to check in again in the years to come!
Cooler temperatures brought more noticeable bird movement today, although numbers remained low with 24 new birds and 4 recaptures of 14 species. However, the morning started off with some excitement as we found a beautiful hatch year gray phase Eastern Screech-owl in our nets, on the very first net check! This was the first owl captured and banded at Little Bear. Another first-of-season species was a House Wren, the first of the season for both sites! Other notable mentions include the expected increasing number of Gray Catbirds, and two new Baltimore Orioles. For a slow day, we still saw and captured several migrants, and even spotted a Blackburnian Warbler by the banding table in the early morning. If only he would go into a net!
|House Wren (Hatch year, sex unknown)|
|Gray phase Eastern Screech-owl (hatch year, sex unknown)|
Photos by Casey Weissburg
|Species||Captain Sam's||Little Bear|
|Black and White Warbler||1||-||-||-|
|Banding Stats||Captain Sam's||Little Bear||TOTAL|
|# Birds Banded||25||24||49|
|# of Recaptures||10||4||14|
|# of Species||11||14||17|
|Capture Rate (birds/100 net-hours)||28.6||62.2||37.6|