Albany Pine Bush News

Aug
14
2013

Bird Banding Update

With great success the 2013 breeding season bird banding has come to a close. Between May 31 and August 5 we banded 542 birds (438 new birds & 104 recaptures) from 42 species on 7 mornings in high quality pitch pine-scrub oak barrens in both the King’s Road Barrens and Karner Barrens West regions of the Preserve.
Photo right: Indigo bunting by Jane Tatlock

For the season, the top 10 new captures were Gray catbird (103), Prairie warbler (32), American Robin (29), Field Sparrow (29), Baltimore Oriole (28), Eastern Towhee (24), Black-capped Chickadee (25), Common Yellowthroat (21), Cedar Waxwing (19), and Song Sparrow (13).

Since my last post we banded 4 times; below is a quick summary of each day.

July 26: 53 birds from 13 species. The 40 new birds included 9 Gray Catbird, 5 American Robin, 5 Baltimore Orioles, 5 Cedar Waxwing, 4 Field Sparrow, 3 Black-capped chickadee, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Downy woodpecker, 2 Eastern pheobe, 1 Eastern Towhee, 1 Swamp Sparrow, and 1 Trails (most likely Alder) flycatcher. Recaptured birds included 4 Field Sparrow, 4 Gray Catbird, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Norhtern Mockingbird, and 1 Baltimore Oriole.

July 29: 51 birds from 13 species. 42 new birds included 17 Gray catbird, 6 American Robin, 4 Cedar waxwing, 4 Field sparrow, 2 Baltimore oriole, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Prairie Warbler, 1 Blue jay, 1 Eastern phoebe, 1 House wren, 1 Song sparrow, and 1 Tufted titmouse. Recaps included 4 Gray catbird, 3 Field Sparrow, 1 Chestnut-sided warbler, and 1 Prairie warbler.

August 2: 48 birds from 15 species. 42 new birds included 13 Gray catbird, 6 American Robin, 3 Black-capped chaickadee, 3 House wren, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Downy woodpecker, 2 Eastern pheobe, 2 Indigo bunting, 2 Prairie warbler, 2 Trails flycatcher, 1 Eastern towhee, 1 Northern mockingbird, 1 Ruby-throated hummingbird, 1 Swamp sparrow, and 1 Song sparrow. Reacps included 3 Baltimore Oriole, 1 Eastern Towhee, 1 Gray catbird, and 1 Northern mockingbird.

August 5: 52 birds from 21 species. 47 new birds included 8 American robin, 8 black-capped chickadee, 7 Gray Catbird, 3 Common yellowthroat, 3 Eastern pheobe, 2 Cedar waxwing, 2 Eastern bluebird, 2 Prairie warbler, 2 Trails flycatcher, 1 Baltimore oriole, 1 Chestnut-sided warbler, 1 Eastern towhee, 1 Field sparrow, 1 House wren, 1 Mourning dove, 1 Northern mockingbird, 1 Northern waterthrush, and 1 Yellow-shafted flicker. Recaps included 1 each of Eastern towhee, Prairie warbler, Song sparrow and Tufted titmouse.

It was a tremendously successful season thanks to our staff and volunteers. Staff included myself, Field Ecologist and Educator, Amanda Dillon, Conservation Biologist, Steve Campbell, and seasonal Conservation Technicians Chris Standley, Molley Hasset, and Wayne Russell. Volunteers included Jane Tatlock, Brian Busby, Georgia Keene, Brianna Gary, Marsha Arland and Alison VanKuren. We were also occassionally assisted by NYS DEC biologists including Kate Yard, Kathy O’Brien, and Laura Sommers. Many thanks also to Jeremy Kirchman, NYS Museum Curator of Birds for getting us started, and to the Friends of the Pine Bush Community, Inc. and the Norcross Foundation for their financial support of our field ornithology.

Category: Conservation
Neil @ 11:18 am

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