Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Day of Recaps

Birds were unusually quiet today but, surprisingly, we caught nearly 3 times the birds we have for the past two weeks. Even more interestingly, 2/3s of the birds captured today were originally banded anywhere from 9 to 12 months ago.

House Wrens led the biggest totals with a couple new birds and a few recaps. Some were from a few weeks ago.

House Wren

We have been watching the calendar for the return of Hermit Thrushes and they did not disappoint. We captured 2 Hermits today, both recaptures.

Hermit Thrush

And, as always, we recite our mantra on thrushes this time of year, "Tail, tail, tail!" Other brown thrushes have brown tails and Hermits have a more reddish coloration. Both thrushes were captured mere feet from where we first caught them last Winter.

Hermit Thrush

We also got one of the locals again. A Carolina Wren banded earlier in the season. Oddly, locals have been absent for a while. Where are the Cardinals?

Carolina Wren

Most birds stay high up again but we did get some Ruby-crowned Kinglets, including a female early on.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Better still, we recaptured a male from a year ago. Love to see those bright red feathers!

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Throw in a new Gray Catbird and we end up with a nice mid-November day of banding. Off to eat some other type of bird before the next scheduled day.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, November 27th.

All nets will be opened by 6:30 A.M.

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