October 27th – High Winds

The wind was a huge factor today causing the nets to billow!! Thankfully, most of the leaves were off the trees and there were not that many leaves piling into the pockets of the nets (especially 8R)! It’s been a busy week with school groups visiting the banding lab (one to two classes each day) and we were hoping that we would have a number of birds for the classes today. When every student is ready to hold and release a bird, it’s been a great fall with the large number of birds we’ve banded for each student to handle a bird – especially when there’s two classes visiting the lab in a day.
Despite the strong wind to start the day and with the wind picking up in speed throughout the morning we still had a total of 77 birds handled with 53 birds banded. There were Rusty Blackbirds banded today and a nice mix of Sparrows to band as well – every day is ‘marvelous’ and it’s been a record-breaking fall with the variety and the total number of birds handled.

5 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Hermit Thrush
8 American Robin
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 European Starling
2 Myrtle Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
2 Fox Sparrow
3 Song Sparrow
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
7 White-throated Sparrow
5 Slate-colored Junco
6 Rusty Blackbird
1 House Finch
9 American Goldfinch

Retrap – 24
1 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Hermit Thrush
4 White-throated Sparrow
7 Slate-colored Junco
2 American Goldfinch
2 Eastern Tufted Titmouse

ET’s – 28 spp.’s

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