Banding Highlights of Last Week

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

On the 17th we had the biggest day so far this fall with 72 individuals banded and 13 species.  We had just one recapture, a Robin who had been banded as an adult last spring.  The crowd’s ranks were swollen by migrating Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warblers at 18 birds banded, and 28 White-throated Sparrows arriving to spend their winter with us at Connecticut Audubon.  While all birds are beautiful, the Blue-headed Vireo with his spectacles was a standout for me.

Blue-headed Vireo (formerly Solitary Vireo)

Blue-headed Vireo (formerly Solitary Vireo)

Blue-headed Vireo back (He's been eating pokeberries)

Blue-headed Vireo back (He’s been eating pokeberries)

 

We also had both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, tipping the scales at about six grams each.  Other birds banded were Brown Creeper (3), Yellow Palm Warbler (1), Eastern Phoebe (3), American Goldfinch (1), Song Sparrow (4), Hermit Thrush (9), Swainson’s Thrush (1) and American Robin (1).  The next day brought 19 birds with the only new species a lone remaining Gray Catbird.

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Golden-crowned Kinglet

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    Marjorie said,

    Yikes! I’m glad you mentioned the pokeberries. I thought he’d drawn a lot of blood from your hand. LOL What a great day of banding. Thanks for sharing.

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