Our day at Captain Sam's was better than we have been doing for the past week but it still isn't quite as busy as we would like. Today we captured 44 new species and 8 recaptures for a total of 11 species. One interesting part of our day was what appears to be the transition of our most abundant capture. Today was the first day that we captured more Yellow-rumped Warblers than Catbirds. Although we will still catch plenty of Catbirds through the rest of the season, from here on out our most common bird will be Yellow-rumped Warblers. With a front arriving in the next few days we should be seeing plenty more coming our way.
The radar showed really good migrant activity along the Atlantic coast last night with most of the movement north of the Carolinas. Unfortunately, those birds either flew over us or never made it to us as we only banded 30 new birds along with 8 recaptures of 11 species. The highlight of the day was a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow. This is the second White-crowned banded this season with the first on banded at Captain Sam's last Saturday. White-crowned Sparrows are not very common along the coast and only a handful have been captured at KIBS over the last 7 years.
|Species||Captain Sam's||Little Bear|
|Black-throated Blue Warbler||1||-||-||-|
|Palm Warbler (Western)||-||-||2||-|
|Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)||18||-||6||-|
|Banding Stats||Captain Sam's||Little Bear||TOTAL|
|# Birds Banded||44||30||74|
|# of Recaptures||8||8||16|
|# of Species||11||11||16|
|Capture Rate (birds/100 net-hours)||41.1||46.9||43.4|
Aaron Given (LB)
Mattie VandenBoom (CS)
Nancy Raginski (CS)
Sean McElaney (CS)
Ryan Donnelly (LB)