November 7th & 8th – The End & Beginning

A gray-phase Eastern Screech Owl keeps tabs on the denizens of the Carolinian Trail.

A gray-phase Eastern Screech Owl keeps tabs on the denizens of the Carolinian Trail.


Yesterday, the 7th, marked the end of our 19th Fall migration monitoring. Depsite a terrible September, we had a record October and November, ending with 4,605 birds banded – our third highest total. This included two interesting anomalies: the 1,481 Cedar Waxwings banded was more than twice as much as the previous high of 662 (two years ago). On the other hand the 198 American Goldfinches banded was 340 less than our average going back to 1999. The Cedar Waxwings I can somewhat explain by the huge wild grape and berry crop we had this year. American Goldfinches? I’m beginning to suspect disease, perhaps the same sort of conjunctivitis that wiped out the House Finch population in the area in 1999-2000.

For the record, we banded 4,605 birds, making this our third best Fall season since we began. But we also had the highest number of net hours so the rate of capture was fairly low – especially in September. Shortly we will post our totals and banding summary for your scrutiny (or at least Jeff MacLeod will…).

Snow clouds set off the early morning light on the Coach House.

Snow clouds set off the early morning light on the Coach House.


Today, the 8th, marked the beginning of the Winter season. And, ironically, it marked the first snow of this Winter, albeit just a dusting. (Either Nancy or I will try to band once a week if you’re interested in coming out. We’ll try to let you know when that will be.) Other than flocks of blackbirds (Rusty and Red-winged) on the move, there wasn’t much around – although the American Goldfinches seem to have found (or refound) the feeders.

November 7th; Banded 35:
3 Mourning Doves
1 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Brown Creeper
1 White-throated Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Juncos
3 House Finches
24 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 30 spp

November 8th; Banded 30:
1 Mourning Dove
2 American Robins
1 Northern Cardinal
4 American Tree Sparrows
1 White-throated Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Juncos
5 House Finches
14 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 28 spp.

Rick

1 thought on “November 7th & 8th – The End & Beginning

  1. Hi Rick,

    if it’s possible, please let us know any weekends you or Nancy will be around at the station over the winter, or if you’re banding Snow Buntings in the area. Thanks!
    Angie & Rob

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