It was not as busy as we were hoping but we still had a good day with 50 new birds and 18 recaptures, comprised of 13 species. Most of the action happened in the first run, when a small flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers decided to fly into one net. Since we are in midst of our Yellow-rumped Warbler season, I believe it is the perfect time to share a post on how we determine the age and sex of Yellow-rumped Warblers. Back in 2012, Aaron wrote an in depth post on aging and sexing Yellow-rumped Warblers which can be seen by clicking this link: Aging and Sexing Yellow-rumps
A slow morning with high winds that increased after dawn forced an early shut down of nets. This lead to a total of 11 new birds and 2 recaptures.
The highlight of the shortened session was our 3rd Field Sparrow for the season. During a net round out on the dunes 100's of Tree Swallows were feeding over the salt marsh with the early morning sun light glinting off their wings.
|Species||Captain Sam's||Little Bear|
|Banding Stats||Captain Sam's||Little Bear||TOTAL|
|# Birds Banded||50||11||61|
|# of Recaptures||18||2||20|
|# of Species||13||8||15|
|Capture Rate (birds/100 net-hours)||46.4||41.4||45.5|
Mattie VandenBoom (CS)
Chris Snook (LB)
Nancy Raginski (LB)
Casey Weissburg (LB)
Michael Gamble (CS)
Ryan Donnelly (CS)