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8/21/2011

Fall Migration Monitoring: August 13 - 17

Canada Warbler taken by Brett Tryon


The weather was beautiful this week, and we were actually able to run the station for five consecutive days without being rained out. We had a little wave of migrants, including Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Canada Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, American Redstart and Ovenbird. We continued to catch fluffy, juvenile Gray Catbirds, or "kitten birds" as I like to call them. We have been lucky to band 6 Canada Warblers, all hatch-year females.

Although there has been some activity, many of the birds have been staying up in the tops of the trees, therefore our total for the week was a mere 87 birds banded. This is usual for August though, and we look forward to the weeks to come!


Species Total
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Traill's Flycatcher 8
Eastern Kingbird 4
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Gray Catbird 6
Cedar Waxwing 1
European Starling 7
Warbling Vireo 5
Yellow Warbler 5
Myrtle Warbler 2
Ovenbird 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 8
Northern Waterthrush 6
American Redstart 8
Canada Warbler 6
Song Sparrow 6
Baltimore Oriole 5
Myrtle Warbler 1
Common Grackle 1
Total 87


8/14/2011

Spring Migration Monitoring: Week 1


Orchard Oriole


Migration monitoring got off to a great start this year, with 58 birds banded on the first day. 22 of those were Baltimore Orioles. We banded a lot of hatch-year birds, a good indication that this breeding season was a success. Most of the birds were local breeders, with only one true migrant: a hatch-year male Myrtle Warbler, still molting all of its feathers. The highlight was a hatch-year female Orchard Oriole, the first one banded at TTPBRS!


Cedar Waxwing


Numbers steadily decreased as the week went on, with many of our local birds moving on and only a trickle of new birds coming through. Large flocks of Cedar Waxwings and European Starlings account for most of the activity.


Banding Totals


Downy Woodpecker 1
Traill's Flycatcher 9
Eastern Kingbird 4
Black-capped Chickadee 1
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 14
Cedar Waxwing 16
European Starling 15
Warbling Vireo 11
Yellow Warbler 26
Myrtle Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 25
American Goldfinch 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Total 135