October 20th – Another Frenetic Day

"Projectile pooping" can be an effective avian predator deterrent - a White-throated Sparrow found the mark with Loretta.

Except that the wind was out of the SSW (rather than the NE), this day was very much like yesterday: cool, wet, windy, and lots of birds milling about. Again, I fully expected to be spending the morning doing data entry but the rain held off for about 3 hours – enough time to catch lots for the large student group we were entertaining. The “big hit” nets were 7 & 8 with 20 birds and 37 respectively – most of the birds in #8 were Cedar Waxwings and all at the same time!

Due to the wind, we didn’t have all the nets open; and due to the rain, we ended up closing early. If we had all the nets open for the mandatory 6 hours, the “net hours” would total 136.5. Our net hours for today were just 50.3. The birds caught/banded per 100 net hours was 177 (very similar to yesterday’s 179).

Education Co-ordinator - Natalie - tries her hand at scribing.

Blackbirds (Rusty’s and Red-wings) Robins, and Cedar Waxwings have been attacking the grapes but they don’t seem to have made much of a dent – there’s still lots of large clusters. These birds should be around for a good while yet if they’re going to clean them up.

Banded 90:
3 Golden-crowned Kinglets
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
2 Hermit Thrushes
10 American Robins
38 Cedar Waxwings
19 Myrtle Warblers
1 Chipping Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrows
6 White-throated Sparrows
1 Rusty Blackbird
4 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 9:
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Black-capped Chickadees
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Myrtle Warblers
1 American Redstart
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow

ET’s: 38 spp.

Birds banded per 100 net hours: 177


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