November 1st – The Return of the AMGO’s

Nancy with 2 Northern Saw-whet Owls that were banded last night. -JF

AMGO is the A.O.U. short form for AMerican GOldfinch. We hadn’t been catching many and I was concerned but…they have returned in the last few days….with a vengeance. Today we couldn’t keep them out of the hanging trap and ended up banding 33 of them and processing another 14 retraps – some of them older birds.

Peyton, a student with a visiting school, indicated a great interest in birds and banding, so…..he got to band his first bird: American Goldfinch. -KMP

On the whole it was a very busy day. We had a big group of students from Lake Avenue School and we handled a lot of birds – over 100 between banding and recaptures.

And last night Nancy lead an owling expedition. They didn’t get any in the first couple of net checks but turned up two later in the evening – if you were patient (and could afford the time) you got to see them. [Note: the next attempt to band owls will be Friday night if it’s not raining.]

Banded 72:
2 Mourning Doves

A rather late Eastern Phoebe. -KMP

1 Eastern Phoebe
4 Golden-crowned Kinglets
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Eastern Bluebirds
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Myrtle Warbler
4 American Tree Sparrows
1 Fox Sparrow
2 Song Sparrows
3 White-throated Sparrows
11 Dark-eyed Juncos
6 Red-winged Blackbirds
33 American Goldfinches

Bright male Northern Cardinal. -KMP

ET’s: 35 spp.

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