vrijdag 7 oktober 2011

Banding and an afternoon pizzaparty

We're already doing very well, numberwise, for October. We've already banded close to a 1000 birds so far, great! Despite the sunny conditions of today, we had another splendid banding day. The first two hours were really foggy (local) but after the fog everything cleared up and there was nothing but blue skies. The temperature was lovely, about 65 degrees Fahrenheit (I don't know it in celsius anymore..!).

We reached over a 200 birds again today, with 209 being processed. 150 were new, spread over 29 species. The kinglets and sparrows have become more and more conspicious, as you can see in the results below.

As we were with enough people to handle the banding I decided to walk around a bit to see if I could get some good shots of some birds as the light conditions were beautiful with soft sunlight. I succeeded.


Eastern Phoebe 2 -
Tufted Titmouse 2 -
Winter Wren 2 -
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5 -
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 31 -
Gray-cheeked Thrush 8 -
Swainson's Thrush 6 -
Hermit Thrush 4 -
Wood Thrush 1 -
Gray Catbird 4 -
Brown Thrasher 1 -
Tennessee Warbler 1 -
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 -
Nashville Warbler 3 -
Magnolia Warbler 4 -
Cape May Warbler 3 -
Yellow-rumped Warbler 25 -
Palm Warbler (Western) 1 -
American Redstart 1 -
Northern Waterthrush 1 -
Common Yellowthroat 1 -
Eastern Towhee 1 -
Chipping Sparrow 3 -
Song Sparrow 5 -
Lincoln's Sparrow 2 -
Swamp Sparrow 10 -
White-throated Sparrow 14 -
Northern Cardinal 1 -
American Goldfinch 7 -

Total 150, 29 species.

Orange-crowned Warbler, after hatching-year

And the results from wandering around:
Pied-billed Grebe, already present on the Crisp Pond for 2 days.
Yellow-rumped Warbler, feeding on Poison-Ivy berries
Kiekeboe! Yellow-bellied Sapsucker nr. 1
And Sapsucker nr.2.
Red-shouldered Hawk, adult, calling and circling above Powdermill.

After the banding we had a pizzaparty. We ordered a huuuuge pizza, probably the biggest one I've ever seen, but remember: Everything is bigger in America!
Perfect quality!

So we had a great afternoon with all the Powdermill crew: Drew, Mary, Marcia, Heather, Amy, Allana and Brandy:)

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