37 birds of 18 species, 9 recaps. No new species. Bird of the day was American Redstart, with 8 new bands. It was a fairly routine day up at BBBO – we aren’t getting birds in large numbers yet, but our species diversity is high enough to keep our banders paging through Pyle. How much black can a young female Wilson’s Warbler have? How do you tell the difference between a male and female hatch year Myrtle Warbler? What is the difference between a Tennessee and an Orange-crowned Warbler in the fall? It’s actually nice to have some slow days at the start of the season to refresh your memory and sharpen your skills before you get swamped! We are at 964 birds for the fall season – we should get to 1000 on Friday or Saturday. Not bad, considering we haven’t had any northerly winds yet!
August 29, 2012
Fall Banding Comments Off on RICHARD CROSSLEY VISITS BANDING STATION!
Wednesday August 29, 2012. 46 new bands of 21 species and an additional 9 recaptures processed. Most numerous birds today were American Redstart and Magnolia Warbler with 7 each. We added Wilson’s Warbler to the season’s species list. The weather seemed to me to be favorable for migration overnight but things were very quiet until about 2 hours after sunrise. Later in the day it got very slow again and we closed at hour 5 1/2 for lack of birds. The highlight of the day was Dave Tetlow bringing bird guide author Richard Crossley, to visit. Richard offered some new (at least to me) tips on sexing hatch year American Redstarts. Jon Dombrowski
August 28, 2012
Fall Banding Comments Off on INCREDIBLE DAY FROM PILEATED TO BALD EAGLE!
August 28, 2012. What a day this has been! We banded 60 new birds of 18 species. Some of the highlights included: a hatch-year female Pileated Woodpecker, a hatch-year Connecticut Warbler, a hatch-year Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, and a hatch-year Chipping Sparrow. The most common bird today was the Magnolia Warbler, of which we banded 13 new birds. We had 4 Veery’s and 6 Swainson’s Thrush. These should be relatively easy IDs, but this time of year IDing these two species is very challenging and required many measurements. The icing on the cake was when I went outside to my car, an immature Bald Eagle was perched in the tree by net 6!!!!!! There have been many days at BBBO with much higher total counts, but I don’t remember a day that was more exciting. John Waud
August 27, 2012
Fall Banding Comments Off on Quite A Hawk Handfull Today!
Monday August 27, 2012 We had a slow, slow day with an eerily quiet surrounding area. Of the ten birds captured, seven were new birds (mostly HY catbirds) and three recaptures. We watched a hawk circling the field near the station for about 15 minutes, and most likely it was the one we caught near net #9 … a HY female Cooper’s Hawk. A storm from the northwest rolled in, the wind picked up and changed direction, the barometric pressure dropped slightly and it began to rain just as we closed nets. A few folks came to visit with a grandchild but got to see only recaptures. They left minutes before the hawk was caught. Marian Klik
August 26, 2012
Fall Banding Comments Off on A Late Summer Lull
24 new bands of 12 species; 16 recaps. Birds of the day were Gray Catbird and Red-eyed Vireo, each with 6 new bands. Visitors and staff nearly outnumbered birds today, but our youngest guests didn’t seem to mind. Erin’s niece and nephew were visiting from Torino (Italy!), and they were great helpers as they carefully released nearly every bird back into the wild.
August 26, 2012
Summer Banding Comments Off on DEAD CREEK MAPS POST BANDING AWARDS!
Here are the Awards handed out at the DCBO MAPS Celebration!
Friday August 24,2012 On Friday night the Dead Creek crew got together and had a cook out and award ceremony to celebrate the end of our MAPS season. We started around 5:30-6:00PM. Missing from the gathering were Brendan Collins and Warren King. Here are the awards given out.
Top Bander – Ryan
Perfect Attendance – Ryan, Rodney and Henry
Almost Perfect Attendance – Becky
Nearly Almost Perfect Attendance – Warren
Not Quite Nearly Almost Perfect Attendance – Ethan
Not Quite Almost Nearly Perfect Attendance – Lisa
Some Attendance but not very close to perfect – Claire
Not even close to Almost Perfect Attendance – Brendan
Butterfingers – Ryan, Rodney, Henry, Warren, Claire, and Ethan
Best Bird – Ryan
First Bird Banded – Ireland Young and Brad Mathews
Golden Scribe Award – Becky
Biggest Fish Award – Dan
Emergency Scribe Relief – Brittany
August 25, 2012
Fall Banding Comments Off on Great Birds, Few Words
26 new birds of 17 species; 11 recaps. New species: Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, and Mourning Warbler. 5 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were released unbanded. The birds speak for themselves today . . .