October 10th – Frost!!

Yes, that’s right: Jack Frost reared his ugly head early this morning icing some of the nets and vegetation in the low-lying areas. We couldn’t open a number of nets until the sun began to warm things up (it was only 1.5 degrees Celsius at dawn). When it did, it really did with the temperature reaching 22 by about noon.

There were a lot of sparrows moving along the river and river flats – especially White-throated Sparrows. Although we banded 29 of them, we estimated that there were at least 100 around the site today. There were also a lot of Cedar Waxwings around – a treat to take out of the nets as they were all pooping purple.

Banded 74:2 Downy Woodpeckers
1 Eastern Tufted Titmouse
1 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Golden-crowned Kinglets
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
4 Hermit Thrushes
13 Cedar Waxwings
4 Myrtle Warblers
1 Western Palm Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal
5 Song Sparrows
29 White-throated Sparrows
6 Dark-eyed Juncos
2 Purple Finches
1 American Goldfinch

Retrapped 27:
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Black-capped Chickadees
2 White-breasted Nuthatches
2 Golden-crowned Kinglets
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
2 Hermit Thrushes
1 Myrtle Warbler
2 Song Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
5 White-throated Sparrows
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
5 Dark-eyed Juncos

ET’s: 42 spp.


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