November 1st – Windy And Cold

The 1st Fox Sparrow banded here this Fall…..at long last. -NRF


The wind was blowing like stink all night and into this morning. Plus it was cold – two degrees – and there was a hint of snow. All good reasons to sit back patiently, have a coffee and one (a few) of Carol’s top shelf rice krispie squares, and discuss the meaning of life. This was followed by a census and then we opened a few of the more sheltered nets for a couple of hours. In less than 4 hours we ended up handling 45 birds: 26 banded and 19 retraps. Two of the retraps were warblers: Tennessee and Nashville; both were in great shape with lots of fat. On the banding side we finally caught a Fox Sparrow – the first of the season.

This retrap Tennessee Warbler has been hanging around for just over a week now. It has LOTS of fat so I don’t know what it’s waiting for. -NRF


Banded 26:
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Fox Sparrow
4 Dark-eyed Juncos
20 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 33 spp.
Rick

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