October 13th – A Lull

Overcast skies and showers starting yesterday evening and going throughout the night slowed the migration down considerably. We had much more “manageable” numbers today – or it was a little more boring; depends on your point of view, I guess.
A good number of birds that we’ve recently banded stuck around; a third of the birds we handled today were retraps – 25 out of 75. It was interesting that the kinglet and Yellow-rumped Warbler numbers dropped right off (compared to the weekend) but we got a respectable number of White-throated Sparrows. Why? I just don’t know….

Banded 50:
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
1 Winter Wren
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Hermit Thrush
2 American Robins
2 Yellow-rumped Warblers
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
15 White-throated Sparrows
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Juncos
1 Red-winged Blackbird
16 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 25:
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Song Sparrows
1 White-throated Sparrow
15 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 39 spp.


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