Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Little Bear went into hibernation today...

Captain Sam's 

We had a shortened day out at Captain Sam's today because we went to Little Bear to help them take down the nets and pack up all the equipment. We didn't miss much though because the few hours we were banding at the spit, we only caught 10 new birds and had 9 recaptures of 8 species.

We did have another interesting recap Yellow-Rumped Warbler this morning. It was banded at Captain Sam's as a hatch-year female on November 18, 2010. It was recaptured three other times in the fall seasons in 2011, 2012, and 2013. We also caught another Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Blue-headed Vireo. This is the 11th Yellow-billed Cuckoo we have banded this fall at Captain Sam's, which ties the total from last year. It has also been a good year for Blue-headed Vireos. As of today, we have banded 7 so far this season while only having a single one last fall.

The weather for the next couple of days looks windy and rainy so we will see how much time we're out banding. We are also expecting a cold front to arrive this weekend, but most of the banding crew will be leaving by the end of the week.


Little Bear 

Today was our last day of operating at Little Bear which was put into hibernation until next year.

Our last day was slow and disappointing due to the stronger than predicted winds casing an early closing of the nets. This resulted in a catch consisting of 12 new birds and 5 recaptures of 6 species.

The last bird caught for this year was a hatch-year Eastern Phoebe which also happened to be the only new bird that wasn't a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

The crew from Captain Sam's came up to help close the site down until next fall. All that's left is to look forward to next season and thank the rest of the Little Bear team (everyone) for an enjoyable season and good luck in the future.

- Chris

  SpeciesCaptain Sam'sLittle Bear
Yellow-billed Cuckoo1---
Eastern Phoebe--1-
Blue-headed Vireo1---
Carolina Chickadee---1
House Wren-1--
Ruby-crowned Kinglet11--
Hermit Thrush-1-1
Gray Catbird-4-1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)7111-
Eastern Towhee-1--
Northern Cardinal---2

 Banding Stats Captain Sam's Little Bear TOTAL
# Birds Banded 10 12 22
# of Recaptures 9 5 14
# of Species 8 6 11
Effort (net-hours) 69.75 52.66 122.41
Capture Rate (birds/100 net-hours) 27.24 32.3 29.41
Nets 25 14 39

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