October 22nd – A Real Fall Day

You could tell today that Fall was progressing (is that the word to use) toward Winter: cold and windy, even when the sun was out. At no time did I feel any compunction to take my sweater off – and that is a first for the Season. Bird-wise, things are moving on as well: decreased banding numbers (49) and less variety (38 species for ET’s). I was a little surprised at the bird numbers as usually this kind of weather results in increased numbers. I would imagine that the birds didn’t move much last night from farther north.

The first round produced good numbers – not outstanding numbers – but after that it was pretty slow going with no Cedar Waxwings or Rusty Blackbirds throwing themselves into the nets at closing time. White-throated Sparrows and Juncos continue to pour through.

Banded 49:
1 Brown Creeper
6 Golden-crowned Kinglets
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Eastern Bluebird
2 Hermit Thrushes
1 American Robin
1 Cedar Waxwing
2 Myrtle Warblers
3 American Tree Sparrows
2 Chipping Sparrows
2 Fox Sparrows
2 Song Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
10 White-throated Sparrows
9 Dark-eyed Juncos
2 House Finches
3 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 29:
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Black-capped Chickadees
1 Brown Creeper
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Hermit Thrush
5 White-throated Sparrows
16 Dark-eyed Juncos
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 38 spp.

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