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Pine Siskins Today!

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Thursday October 23, 2014   144 new of 15 species; 16 recaps.

Bird of the day was Slate Colored Junco with 57 new bands but the highlight was the 33 Pine Siskins we banded. We also banded 18 Golden Crowned Kinglets, a Blue-headed Vireo, a Purple Finch, and a pair of American Tree Sparrows.

 

Sunrise at Braddock Bay Photo by John Waud

Sunrise at Braddock Bay
Photo by John Waud

Blue-headed Vireo Photo by John Waud

Blue-headed Vireo
Photo by John Waud

Purple Finch Photo by John Waud

Purple Finch
Photo by John Waud

Pine Siskin! Photo by John Waud

Pine Siskin!
Photo by John Waud

As we were opening nets there were lots of juncos moving in the field
and a flock of at least 120 siskins overhead. The first net check
yielded a bonanza of birds and then it was quiet until the 2.5 hour check
when we had so many birds in the back aerials we had to call for more bags. 
Many of those birds remained in the area only to be re-caught and released
unprocessed. Subsequent net checks were either boom or bust with the 
roaming flocks.

Special thanks to Tom Verhulst for helping out on short notice
and also to Judy Snell who stopped by to visit and was immediately
put to work scribing for us. 

For me, this was the most exciting Thursday of the season.

Jon Dombrowski

 

No Leaves In The Nets … Just Birds!

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Wednesday October 22, 2014.  65 new bands; 29 recaps.  
At the start of our banding day, the skies were dark and the lake
was roaring! Definitely a gloomy and chilly day, but at least
it was not raining.  So we opened the nets and were pleasantly
surprised to have a pretty good morning of banding. 

In spite of the stiff breeze, we did not even get very many leaves
in the nets. I guess a lot of them are already on the ground!

White Throated Sparrows, Hermit Thrushes, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 
and Golden-crowned Kinglets made up the majority of birds banded, 
along with a few Juncos, Brown Creepers and only one Chickadee!

Cindy Marino (BIC)

Alison’s Last Day of the Fall

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Friday October 17, 2014:  64 new birds of 8 species, 25 recaps.  No new species.  Bird of the day was a tie between Golden-crowned Kinglet and White-throated Sparrow, each with 16 new bands.  Alison (a bander from the Albany area) finished his week with us, and we were happy that we had another decent day to round out his time.  Alison assists Bob Yunick with some of his banding projects, and has also had the opportunity to participate in international banding operations.  He learned the “tips and tricks” of fall banding from us, and we learned about banding in the tropics from him.  The mix of birds today was pretty typical for this time of year – kinglets and creepers, Hermit Thrushes and White-throated Sparrows.  The chickadees continue to come in ones and twos . . .

Juncos!

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Sunday October 19, 2014:  221 new birds of 24 species, 17 recaps.  Two new species:  American Tree Sparrow and Pine Siskin.  Bird of the day was Slate-colored Junco with 85 new bands.  A baker’s dozen of students from Cornell were at the station today, along with Dr. David Bonter of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, to gain experience in banding.  It was a great day for them – we had plenty of birds of a decent number of species, and we were treated to some interesting birds as well (including a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, three phoebes, two Blue-headed Vireos, and 9 species of sparrow).  The real story of the day, though, was the large number of Juncos that invaded the station in the first two hours of banding.  It was great to be able to compare so many, to see both the similarities and differences between the various age and sex classes.

Half new birds . . . half recaps

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Saturday October 19, 2014:  50 new bands of 8 species; 42 recaps.  No new species.  Bird of the day was White-throated Sparrow with 15 new bands.  David Bonter, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, brought four students up from Ithaca to staff the station today.  Two students were fairly new to banding, while the other two had some experience (as they were the TA and the graduate assistant).  The weather was dicey, but cooperated enough to get the students plenty of birds.  Migration appeared to have stalled, however, as nearly half of the birds were recaps from prior days.

New Species Today – Orange-crowned Warbler!

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Orange-crowned Warbler banded today Photo by Peggy Keller

Orange-crowned Warbler banded today
Photo by Peggy Keller

Monday, October 20, 2014 109 new birds; 40 recaps.  New species Orange-crowned Warbler

There seems to be no end to the birds this late in the year. The station had another banner day with 109 new birds banded and 40 retraps. Of the new birds, 23 were White-throated sparrows, 29 were Ruby-crowned Kinglets and 32 were Hermit thrushes.

We added a new member to the season species list, an Orange-crowned Warbler. Many of the new captures came within the first two hours. Our banders, pickers and scribes were Jane Capellupo, Andrea Patterson, Peggy Keller, Jenna Holzschuh, Pat Lovallo and Marilyn Guenther. Marian Klik (BIC)

Foggy Drizzly Morning – Not Much Moving

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HY-F  Downy Woodpecker  Photo by Jon Dombrowski

HY-F Downy Woodpecker
Photo by Jon Dombrowski

Thursday October 16, 2014.  30 new birds of 12 species; 27 recaps.

Fog and light drizzle delayed our opening today. Migrants were apparently not moving much last night as almost half of the birds we processed today were recaps – mostly from prior days banding.

Most numerous species today was White-throated Sparrow with 9 new bands followed by Ruby Crowned Kinglet with 5 new bands and Hermit Thrush with 4 new bands.

Jon G. Dombrowski

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