Today was quite the interesting day at Captain Sam's, along with getting 4 first of season birds for our site, we also had several interesting recaptures! This morning we pulled in 109 new birds, and 22 recaptures for a total of 21 species. Four of those were new for our site for the year, Orange-crowned Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and a Chipping Sparrow. With the exclusion of the Orange-crowned Warbler these birds are very uncommon captures for our site, with one individual showing up maybe every one to two years.
In addition to all our exciting new birds we had several old recaptures from years past. Although none were foreign recaptures it is still nice to see birds coming back to the same spots year after year. We had three birds that were banded last year, a Hermit Thrush, a Swamp Sparrow, and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. We had a recaptured Carolina Chickadee that was banded originally in 2013, although he has come back to check on us 15 times since then! Lastly we had a Yellow-rumped Warbler that was banded back in 2011! That means he has made the trip up north and back at least four times, and he's still going strong!
|HY Male Bay-breasted Warbler|
|HY Yellow-bellied Flycatcher|
|HY Chipping Sparrow|
We had a really good day today out at Little Bear with 80 new birds and 15 recaptures of 21 different species. There was a lot of variety in species and the site got its first-of-the season Hermit Thrush! I was waiting to catch this species and see it in the hand, since I have only seen them a couple times in the field. Yellow-rumped Warblers and Gray Catbirds tied for the most birds of the day with 21, and this pattern should continue throughout the week. We also caught a beautiful Magnolia Warbler, which was surprising to see this late in the season. It was nice to have so many birds and great variety after not being able to band the last couple days due to rain. Hopefully tomorrow turns out even better!
|Magnolia Warbler (hatch-year, male)|
|Species||Captain Sam's||Little Bear|
|Black-throated Blue Warbler||2||-||2||-|
|Palm Warbler (Western)||3||-||2||-|
|Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)||50||2||21||-|
|Banding Stats||Captain Sam's||Little Bear||TOTAL|
|# Birds Banded||109||81||190|
|# of Recaptures||20||14||34|
|# of Species||21||21||27|
|Capture Rate (birds/100 net-hours)||89.0||97.2||91.6|
Aaron Given (CS)
Mattie VandenBoom (LB)
Chris Snook (LB)
Nancy Raginski (CS)
Sean McElaney (CS)
Casey Weissburg (CS)
Michael Gamble (LB)
Ryan Donnelly (LB)