October 29th – A Retrap Day

The rain started on the evening on the 27th, went off and on throughout the 28th and ended early this morning. So not many birds moved anywhere. This was evident today where the new bandings almost equalled the retraps: 36 vs 34. The only things that seemed to be up to anything were Red-winged Blackbirds. They were flying overhead most of the morning in flocks ranging from a few to 70+ birds.
On the grounds birds were in small groups: White-throated Sparrows and Fox Sparrows; Black-capped Chickadees and Yellow-rumped Warblers and Juncos. But not in numbers of any kind.
We had a group from Earthquest – an organization that teaches biological field methods – visiting today. The students were all pretty keen to get in there and learn which makes it fun for us all.

Banded 36:
2 Black-capped Chickadees
5 American Robins
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
7 American Tree Sparrows
1 Fox Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
10 Dark-eyed Juncos
8 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 34:
1 Downy Woodpecker
4 Black-capped Chickadees
2 Brown Creepers
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Western Palm Warbler
2 American Tree Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
3 White-throated Sparrows
13 Dark-eyed Juncos (including 1 banded last January – he’s home for the winter)
5 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 37 spp.


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