Foggy Morning – PSU Fall Banding

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Migration, Science1 Comment

Foggy morning in Big Hollow

Foggy morning in Big Hollow

South winds all last night combined with a very heavy layer of fog this morning made for a fairly slow day of bird banding, but we still had quite a bit of fun. Twenty-seven individual birds were captured of 11 species. Two Ovenbirds were banded, one of which was incredibly fat (with a bulging area of fat on its upper breast) and weighed 9 grams more than the other Ovenbird! Our last net check produced a juvenile Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, a species we really seem to be having good luck with this season. Other birds caught today included 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 13 Gray Catbirds, 1 Brown Thrasher, 1 Magnolia Warbler, 1 Song Sparrow, 1 Northern Cardinal, 1 House Finch, and 1 American Goldfinch. We also had three recaptures, all originally banded at out site, including 1 Wood Thrush (originally banded on 9/17/13), 1 Gray Catbird (9/17/13), 1 Gray Catbird (9/21/11).

Magnolia Warbler - juvenile female (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Magnolia Warbler – juvenile female (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - juvenile (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher – juvenile (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Wood Thrush - adult (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Wood Thrush – adult (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Brown Thrasher - adult (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Brown Thrasher – adult (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)