vrijdag 18 november 2011

The latest usual fare of garden birdies

This past week I've done two ringing session in my garden. One was on Sunday, the 13th of November, together with Bram, and the other one was yesterday, the 17th of November. On Sunday the first 1,5 hours of ringing were pretty good, but after those 1,5 hour the catching rate dropped and we only caught like one more bird the rest of the day! No unusual species were ringed although a Jay bounced against the net..

Sunday 13-11 with a 6 metre net opened from 7.30-14.30:

Blackbird (Merel) 4 -
Blue Tit (Pimpelmees) 3 - 1
Great Tit (Koolmees) 5 - 1
House Sparrow (Huismus) 1 -

Total 15 birds

Yesterday, after I got home from work at the Albert Heijn at 12.00 I opened my net as well. It was misty the entire day so the birds weren't really able to see the mistnet which resulted in good catches still in the afternoon.

Thursday 17-11 with a 6 metre net open from 12.00 - 17.15

Blackbird (Merel) 1 -
Blue Tit (Pimpelmees) 6 - 1 I was surprised by these good numbers of 'new' Blue Tits!
Great Tit (Koolmees) 3 -
House Sparrow (Huismus) 2 -

Total 13 birds

The Blackbird was a bit of a weird looking 1cy male, with some white feathers in the throat. There were some recent messages on the Ringersnet (the Dutch mailgroup of ringers) about dark looking 1cy females that some ringers had ringed recently. With that in mind I looked at this bird, but it still looks like a male to me (the black start for instance). Pictures below:

An example of a 1cy Blue Tit (male).

This morning there were four Greenfinches present, feeding on sunflowers seeds, hopefully I will catch some next time!

I still wanted to give a complete list of species banded/ringed during my two month lasting stay at Powdermill. Be prepared!!

American Bittern 1
Green Heron 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 
Wilson's Snipe 2
American Woodcock 1 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3
Black-billed Cuckoo 2 
Eastern Screech Owl 1 
Northern Saw-whet Owl 7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 187
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4 
Downy Woodpecker 6 
Northern Flicker 11 
Pileated Woodpecker 1 
Eastern Wood-Pewee 23 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 34
Acadian Flycatcher 21 
Traill's Flycatcher 9
Least Flycatcher 20
Eastern Phoebe 49
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 3 
Blue-headed Vireo 32
Warbling Vireo 3
Philaldelphia Vireo 16
Red-eyed Vireo 185
Blue Jay 16
Carolina Chickadee 1 
Black-capped Chickadee 20
Tufted Titmouse 16
White-breasted Nuthatch 7 
Brown Creeper 7
Carolina Wren 1 
House Wren 16
Winter Wren 53
Marsh Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 66
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 326
Veery 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 93
Swainson's Thrush 217
Hermit Thrush 75
Wood Thrush 50
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 228
Brown Thrasher 8
Cedar Waxwing 133
Blue-winged Warbler 8 
Tennessee Warbler 60 
Orange-crowned Warbler 6 
Nashville Warbler 91
Northern Parula 4
Chestnut-sided Warbler 61
Magnolia Warbler 402
Cape May Warbler 46
Black-throated Blue Warbler 95
Yellow-rumped Warbler 957
Black-throated Green Warbler 66
Blackburnian Warbler 6 
Pine Warbler 4 
Prairie Warbler 2 
Palm Warbler (Western) 61 
Bay-breasted Warbler 7 
Blackpoll Warbler 58 
Cerulean Warbler 2
Black-and-White Warbler 9
American Redstart 118
Ovenbird 58
Northern Waterthrush 48
Kentucky Warbler 1 
Connecticut Warbler 29
Mourning Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 196
Hooded Warbler 109
Wilson's Warbler 19
Canada Warbler 13
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Scarlet Tanager 81
Eastern Towhee 50
Chipping Sparrow 19
Clay-colored Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 36
Vesper Sparrow 1 
Savannah Sparrow 2
Fox Sparrow 11
Song Sparrow 188
Lincoln's Sparrow 27
Swamp Sparrow 179
White-throated Sparrow 287
White-crowned Sparrow 13
Dark-eyed Junco 115
Northern Cardinal 19
Indigo Bunting 85
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 63
Common Grackle 2
Purple Finch 5
House Finch 10
American Goldfinch 393
House Sparrow 4

6133 individuals (recaptures exluded)
100 species

PS. For a Sparrow Quiz and a Late Fall update, check the Powdermill website:

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