Fall Migration Monitoring: October 12-25

Orange-crowned Warbler (left) and Tennessee Warbler (right)


Species Total
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Brown Creeper 21
Winter Wren 38
Golen-crowned Kinglet 49
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 30
Hermit Thrush 55
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Tennessee Warbler 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 2
Myrtle Warbler 41
American Tree Sparrow 2
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 12
Swamp Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 32
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Total 314


Exciting Recapture!

Myrtle Warbler 2290-36370

On Tuesday we caught this adult female Myrtle Warbler (the eastern race of Yellow-rumped Warbler) and it already had a band. This happens quite frequently, as we recapture birds that we have already banded during their stopover. When I began to read out the band number 2290-36370, however, I realized that it was not a band from our inventory. Myrtle Warblers take a size zero band, and all of ours start with prefix 2500. I was very excited. Since I began at TTPBRS in 2009, I have not yet encountered a bird from another station!

When I got home I went to the Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) website to look up the band number. The BBL is jointly administered by the Canadian Wildlife Service and the US Geological Survey, and they keep a database of all of the birds banded in North America. It took 5 minutes for me to fill out a form, and the information was instantly available. It turns out that the bird was first banded as a hatch-year female at Pelee Island on October 6, 2009! This bird is now on her fifth migration. Wish her luck!

If you ever find a banded bird or a stray band, visit to report it. The data from these encounters is rare, and provides valuable information about migratory routes, dispersal and longevity. You will also receive a certificate with all of the information about that bird. I am looking forward to getting that piece of paper in the mail!


September 29 - October 5

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Banding Totals

Species Total
Blue Jay 3
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Brown Creeper 2
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 29
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 20
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson's Thrush 1
Hermit Thrush 16
Gray Catbird 1
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Tennessee Warbler 3
Nashville Warbler 5
Black-throated Blue Warbler 5
Myrtle Warbler 83
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Western Palm Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Ovenbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Wilson's Warbler 1
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 15
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Total 211


September 22-28

Field Sparrow

Banding Totals

Species Total
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 3
Brown Creeper 3
Winter Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Veery 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 5
Swainson's Thrush 9
Hermit Thrush 1
Gray Catbird 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Nashville Warbler 4
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 6
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Myrtle Warbler 16
Western Palm Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
American Redstart 2
Common Yellowthroat 3
Wilson's Warbler 2
Field Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 14
Total 100