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10/25/2009

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Migration Monitoring: October 17 - 23

Northern Saw-whet Owl by volunteer Don Johnston


The Long-tailed Ducks are back, so there is no denying that winter is on its way! Unlike last week with wave after wave of migrants, this week has been quiet. The most abundant songbirds are Dark-eyed Juncos, Black-capped Chickadees, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Hermit Thrush. There are also a few Winter Wrens, White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Eastern Phoebes and Myrtle Warblers. There is also the occasional Hairy and Downy Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Northern Flicker. The most exciting bird this week has been the Northern Saw-whet Owl, of which there have been 3 separate sightings on the study area.


BANDING TOTALS


Oct-17

Oct-18

Oct-19

Oct-20

Oct-21

Oct-22

Total

Northern Flicker





1


1

Eastern Phoebe

1



1



2

Winter Wren





1


1

Black-capped Chickadee

3


3

1


3

10

Red-breasted Nuthatch

1






1

Brown Creeper

1

2

2



2

7

Golden-crowned Kinglet

7

4

3

8

2

7

31

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

10

1

4

4

3

4

26

Hermit Thrush

4


4


3

1

12

Fox Sparrow

1






1

Song Sparrow

1





1

2

White-crowned Sparrow



1




1

Dark-eyed Junco





1


1

Total

29

7

17

14

11

18

96