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8/14/2011

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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