October 4th – The Transition to Fine Weather

Myrtle Warbler - C. Scholtens

We got 5 mm. of rain during the night and it stopped only shortly before it was time to open the nets. The skies were overcasrt but the early temperature was more moderate than it has been for a few days. By mid-morning the skies began to clear and by noon there was almost no cloud in the sky and it was 20 degrees.

Today's main banding crew: Bev Trojnar scribing; Joanne and Rhiannon banding; Loretta did the census.

Joanne with a banding first - Eastern Tufted Titmouse.

We got some “new” birds – indicating that there had been some movement during the night but we also got a lot of retraps, mostly birds that we had banded in the last day or two, suggesting that many birds had chosen to stay put and wait for better conditions. Interestingly, we encountered almost NO Cedar Waxwings or American Goldfinches!?

Joanne preparing another sumptuous lunch.

Joanne Fleet was out today. This is always a plus for a couple of reasons: she’s really keen and enthusiastic and….she feels compelled to bring a sumptuous lunch! Fantastic!

I'm never going to lose weight at this rate......

Banded 59:
2 Mourning Doves
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Black-capped Chickadees
2 Eastern Tufted Titmice
1 Brown Creeper
1 Winter Wren
2 Golden-crowned Kinglets
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Cedar Waxwing
4 Tennessee Warblers
2 Nashville Warblers
14 Myrtle Warblers
1 Western Palm Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
11 Song Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
9 White-throated Sparrows
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow

Female Hairy Woodpecker

Damage inflicted on Rhiannon's hand by the Hairy Woodpecker.

Retrapped 31:
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Eastern Tufted Titmouse
4 Golden-crowned Kinglets
1 Gray Catbird
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
6 Chipping Sparrows (almost all of them AHY birds)
6 Song Sparrows
5 White-throated Sparrows
3 Eastern White-crowned Sparrows
1 American Goldfinch

Joanne calling on help to ID a bird.

ET’s: 43 spp.

Birds banded per 100 net hours: 41

Photos by Caleb Scholtens:

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker. - C. Scholtens

White wing "flash" on a Red-bellied Woodpecker. - C. Scholtens

White-throated Sparrow - C. Scholtens

Tennessee Warbler - C. Scholtens

AHY Hermit Thrush - C. Scholtens

Nashville Warbler - C. Scholtens

Photos from Rhiannon Leshyk:

Western Palm Warbler - R. Leshyk

Red-bellied Woodpecker - R. Leshyk

Hairy Woodpecker - R. Leshyk

Red-tailed Hawk. - R. Leshyk

Red-tailed Hawk defecating. - R. Leshyk


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