April 24th – Ground To A Halt

The strong wind that was blowing yesterday continued through the night and into this morning unabated, as did the cold temperatures, grinding the migration to a halt. There were few birds around – even the feeders were inactive. This was shown most dramatically in the rate of birds banded per 100 net hours: only 7. Pretty slow going. Hopefully, as the weather improves, the migrants built up behind this weather system will start moving in good numbers.

The highlight for the day was a group of 3 Sandhill Cranes that went over, heading NE.

Banded 6:
2 Mourning Doves
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
1 White-throated Sparrow
[this is the first day since April 1st that we did not band an American Goldfinch]

Retrapped 14:
2 Mourning Doves
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrows
1 Song Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
2 Red-winged Blackbirds
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 48 spp.

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