A good number of new birds in this morning. However, due to prior commitments the station was closed down after 4 1/2 hours of operation with still a good number of birds moving through the banding area. While not banded, there were several MYWA present high in the trees, a PIWA was very vocal, as well as an ETTI.
MODO 2, BLJA 1, BRCR 1, WIWR 3, GCKI 36, RCKI 2, HETH 6, AMRO 1, ATSP 1, SOSP 4, SWSP 1, SCJU 2, AMGO 1 = 61
A beautiful day, though somewhat slow on the banding front. Rick opened and I closed. Rick had the first 3 COLO’s of the season flying northwards following the river and a small group of WITU near the cemetery. I had…2 Eastern Garter Snakes and calling spring peepers and chorus frogs? Hurrah for herpetiles! The first SAVS of the season also put in an appearance.
Two male TRES were captured together in Net 5, one new and the other a recapture. The recaptured bird was banded at Ruthven in 2002 as a breeding male and has been recaptured here almost every year since. The new TRES had a healthy fat reserve and is probably a recent migrant. Likely the latter bird was attempting to usurp a territory from an old established male. Subsequent recapture records may reveal how this plays out.
Banded 12: GCKI, AMGO 6, SCJU 2, TRES, RWBL, AMRO
Recaptured 10: AMGO 2, BCCH, SCJU 2, TRES, SOSP 3, DOWO