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11/01/2009

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Migration Monitoring: October 24 - November 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet by volunteer Mark Field

Things have been quiet this week. As more and more winter ducks arrive, our songbirds are emptying out. You know that migration is coming to an end when the nets are catching more leaves than birds!


Fortunately, at Tommy Thompson winter offers something to get excited about – owls! Today a visitor was kind enough to show us a Long-eared Owl that he found roosting beside the trail. What a find!


Duck fans also have a reason to rejoice the changing season. There are now Scaup (mostly Greater), Mergansers (mostly Hooded), White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler and hundreds of showy Long-tailed Ducks.


We have had lots of migrants flying over this week. It has been a great time to focus on flight calls, which are often necessary to know in order to identify those little specks flying high above. Some of the useful flight calls to learn are American Pipit, Horned Lark, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Snow Bunting and the blackbird species. A great online resource to exploit is the Macaulay Library, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. You can search for any bird species and find tons of recordings of both songs and calls. Best of all, it is free! The URL is http://macaulaylibrary.org/index.do


Good birding!


BANDING TOTALS


Oct-24

Oct-25

Oct-26

Oct-27

Oct-29

Nov-01

Downy Woodpecker






2

Black-capped Chickadee



1


4


Brown Creeper





2

1

Winter Wren

1






Golden-crowned Kinglet

5

4

6

2

8

1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

1

3




2

Hermit Thrush

2

1





Myrtle Warbler






1

Northern Cardinal




1

1


Dark-eyed Junco

2


1

1



American Tree Sparrow


1


1

4


White-throated Sparrow





3


Dark-eyed Junco





3