zondag 23 oktober 2011

First Saw-whet!!

Today proved to be our second best day so far this fall! We processed 335 birds of which 264 were new. The numbers were spread over 25 species. Yellow-rumped Warblers reached just below a hundred with 96 banded. American Goldfinches came second place with 47 banded. Third were 24 White-throated Sparrows. The life bird I got today was a Carolina Chickadee, trapped and banded! We're at their northernmost breeding range, but they're still rare. They are expanding to the north though.

Totals:

Downy Woodpecker 2 -
Blue-headed Vireo 2 -
Carolina Chickadee 1 -
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 -
Brown Creeper 2 -
Winter Wren 2 -
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4 -
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 16 -
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2 -
Swainson's Thrush 1 -
Hermit Thrush 8 -
Gray Catbird 2 -
Cedar Waxwing 18 - (finally)
Cape May Warbler 1 - late one
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 - late too
Yellow-rumped Warbler 96 -
Palm Warbler (Western) 2 -
Blackpoll Warbler 2 -
Field Sparrow 5 -
Song Sparrow 16 -
Swamp Sparrow 5 -
White-throated Sparrow 24 -
Dark-eyed Junco 2 -
House Finch 1 -
American Goldfinch 47 -

Total 264, 25 species

Cedar Waxwing, after hatching-year male
Carolina Chickadee
Gray-cheeked Thrush, hatching year: the second heaviest GCTH in Powdermill history weighing 52.8 grams!!! Note the fat bulging over my fingers
Belted Kingfisher again today
Raccoon from yesterday night (Belted and Raccoon from Tammo)

This night we tried for owls again, and we succeeded! Already at the first net check around 8.10 there was a Saw-whet hanging above one of the speakers. They are so sweet!
Happy with my first Saw-whet!
We luckily got one the last night my dad is here!
Weighing

We closed a bit early already (9.45)  because we were all tired after a busy day so now it's time to sleep!

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