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8/23/2009

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Fall Migration Monitoring: August 13 - 20

"Traill's" Flycatcher by volunteer Don Johnston


Our second week of migration monitoring has been getting busier, largely due to the hundreds of starlings in the vicinity! There are also some big flocks of Cedar Waxwings, which are always a treat to band. Most of the Yellow Warblers and Song Sparrows have left us, and we are starting to see more migrants passing through. Some new species include Black-and-White Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Ovenbird and Philadelphia Vireo.

The heat and humidity has forced us to close nets early on more than one occasion. In order to prevent birds from becoming heat-stressed, we close nets when the temperature reaches 30°. Luckily the rain has consistently held off until the afternoon. After the raging storm on Thursday, we expected the tiny banding lab to be blown away, and fallen trees strewn across nets. To our relief, everything was where we left it.

The mosquitoes are abundant right now, so if you come to visit, be sure to bring some bug spray. Also remember to prepare for the heat, with sunscreen and plenty of water. We hope to see you there!

BANDING TOTALS: WEEK 2


Aug-13

Aug-15

Aug-16

Aug-19

Aug-20

TOTAL

Northern Flicker





1

1

Traill's Flycatcher


4

2

1

2

9

Least Flycatcher





1

1

Eastern Kingbird

2

1

1

5

1

10

Black-capped Chickadee

2





2

Swainson's Thrush

1

2




3

American Robin

2

1


1

1

5

Gray Catbird





1

1

Cedar Waxwing

4

3

7

11


25

European Starling


10

1

17

4

32

Warbling Vireo

1


2

3


6

Philadelphia Vireo




1


1

Yellow Warbler

4

3


1

3

11

Mourning Warbler


1




1

Northern Waterthrush

1




1

2

Canada Warbler




2


2

Rose-breasted Grosbeak


1




1

Song Sparrow

6

3

1



10

Brown-headed Cowbird


1




1

Baltimore Oriole


1

1

4


6