October 14th – Somewhat More Subdued

Dark-eyed Juncos are moving through right now…..and some are quite possibly moving in – many spend the Winter in the area. -B. Fotheringham

The key word there is “somewhat”. When we made the final tally we were just 2 short of another “Big” or 100-bird day. (If I’d known I might have kept a net open for another half hour to pick up the 2 birds we needed to make 100.) But when it was happening it didn’t feel like a Big Day. In fact, I took wagers on how many birds volunteers thought we banded and the estimates ranged from only the mid-50’s to my 79. (As I was the closest all you other folks owe me 10 bucks……) It’s just that we had such a large skilled crew of banders that it didn’t feel like a big workload. We quickly and competently worked our way through the net rounds and the banding of the resulting birds. Maybe it’s time for me to get that chaise longue I’ve always talked about so I can manage things in comfort.

Sian and Polina with a pair of Tufted Titmice (Titmouses?) they’ve just banded. -SEF

Banded 98:
2 Tufted Titmice
1 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Winter Wrens
12 Golden-crowned Kinglets
18 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Gray Catbird
1 Philadelphia Vireo
10 Myrtle Warblers
1 Common Yellowthroat
3 Northern Cardinals

All pink bill: Field Sparrow. -SEF

1 Field Sparrow
13 Song Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
30 White-throated Sparrows
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 51 spp.

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