Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 1 - Fall Migration Monitoring

September is here and it sure feels like fall. A cool brisk start to the day and the season's first kinglets were all good signs that fall is here.

We only managed to open four of the nets as winds kept most of the nets closed. Still we managed to catch 29 birds (19 new birds and 10 recaptures), almost all of which were Yellow Warblers. As has been the case for the last 5-6 days everywhere you looked a Yellow Warbler was flitting through the bushes or trees, or calling as they flew overhead. If more nets had been open today could have easily been another 100+ bird day. We did manage to catch three birds that weren't Yellow Warblers; Western Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. The RCKI was the first in the park since last April and was joined by at least one GCKI heard calling in the woodlot. Calmer winds are forecast for tonight and tomorrow, so perhaps things may get busier.

Birds Banded:
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Warbling Vireo - 1
Western Flycatcher - 1
Yellow Warbler - 16

Birds Recaptured:

Yellow Warbler - 10

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