The Pine Bush Preserve is a NYS Bird Conservation Area and a great birding spot. As part of a long-term habitat restoration monitoring program Commission science staff are banding breeding season birds with US Fish & Wildlife/US Geological Survey leg bands in two 20-acre sections of pitch pine scrub oak barrens. Banding provides a unique opportunity to document the age, gender, repproductive status and survivorship of birds. A summary of the 277 birds processed thus far in 2013 is provided below. New birds are those we banded, while Recaptures indicate captured birds banded previously by us or occasionally by other scientists beyond the Pine Bush. We’ll do our best to update this information each week. We hope you’ll find this interesting and visit the Preserve to try and spot of some of these birds. Higlights below include Prairie Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Black-billed Cuckoo, Indigo Bunting and Orchard Oriole.
You can help us with this work. We occasionally set nets near Preserve trails which may be temporaily closed with signs on banding days (4-11 AM), but if you do see nets up when in the Preserve, please don’t disturb them. Please also remember to allways follow Preserve Rules and Regulations; when in the Preserve use only paths marked with Commission Trail Markers and keep pets leashed. Dogs off leash recently ran through one of our nets, resulting in a costly and time consuming repair.
May 31: 36 birds from 15 Species. 31 new birds, including: 8 Gray Catbird, 4 Prairie Warbler, 3 Black-capped Chickadee, 3 Eastern Towhee, 2 American Robin, 2 Chipping Sparrow and 1 each of American Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole, Common Yellow Throat, Downy Woodpecker, Field Sparrow, Purple Finch, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, and Trails Flycatcher. Recaptures included 2 Gray catbird, and 1 each of Common Yellowthroat, Field Sparrow, Prairie Warbler.
June 3: 29 birds from 10 species. 23 new birds including: 5 Field Sparrow, 4 Amercian Goldfinch, 4 Prairie Warbler, 3 Eastern Towhee, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Chestnut-sided Warbler, and 1 each of Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, and Song Sparrow. Recaps included 1 each of: Field Sparrow, Gray Catbird, Prairie Warbler, Song Sparrow and Veery.
June 10: 31 birds of 11 species. 22 new birds including: 6 Gray Catbird, 4 Prairie Warbler, 3 Cedar Waxwing, 2 American Goldfinch, 2 American Robin, and 1 each of Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Mockingbird, Wilson’s Warbler. Recaps included 4 Prairie Warbler, 3 Common Yellowthroat, 1 Gray Catbird and 1 Veery.
June 18: 53 birds of 21 species. 42 new birds including: 7 Eastern Towhee, 4 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 3 Field Sparrow, 3 Gray Catbird, 2 Baltimore Oriole, 2 Black-capped Chickadee, 2 Common Grackle, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Prairie Warbler, 2 Song Sparrow, 2 Tufted Titmouse, and 1 each of American Woodcock, Black-billed Cuckoo, Brown Thrasher, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Eastern Bluebird, Indigo Bunting, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Yellow-shafted Flicker. Recaps included: 3 Gray Catbird, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Field Sparrow, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 1 Eastern Towhee, and 1 Prairie Warbler.
June 21: 34 birds of 18 species. 27 new birds including: 6 Gray Catbird, 3 Cedar Waxwing, 2 American Goldfinch, 2 Prairie Warbler, and 1 each of American Robin, Baltimore Oriole, Blue Jay, Brown Thrasher, Blue-winged Warbler, Downy Wopordpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Field Sparrow, House Wren, Orchard Oriole, Ovenbird, and Yellow-shafted Flicker. 2 Ruby-throated hummingbird were aged and released without banding. Recaps included 2 Gray Catbird and 1 each of American Goldfinch, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, and Northern Mockingbird.
June 25: 32 birds of 13 species. 24 new birds including: 11 Gray Catbird, 2 Blue Jay, 2 Common Yelowthroat, 2 Chestnut-sided Warbler, and 1 each of American Robin, Baltimore Oriole, Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, and Prairie Warbler. Recaps included 3 Song Sparrow and 1 Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Blueburd, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, and Gray Catbird.
July 4: 28 birds of 12 species. 24 new birds including: 4 Prairie Warbler, 3 Baltimore Oriole, 3 Eastern Towhee, 3 Field Sparrow, 2 American Robin, 2 Gray Catbird, 2 Veery, and 1 each of Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, Orchard Oriole, and Rose-breasted Gorsbeak. Recaps included 3 Field Sparrow and a Brown Thrasher.
July 9: 34 birds of 12 species. 23 new birds including 9 Gray Catbird, 3 Baltimore Oriole, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Eastern Towhee, 2 Field Sparrow, and 1 each of Black-billed Cuckoo, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, Chestnut-sided Warbler, and Eastern Pheobe. Recaps included 3 Common Yellowthroat, 3 Gray Catbird, 2 Field Sparrow, 2 Prairie Warbler and 1 Tufted Titmouse.