Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Banding Totals From 2010

Since today is officially "meteorological spring" and that means the 2011 bird banding season is right around the corner I thought I'd post the totals from my banding efforts of 2010. When I look at my numbers they sure don't reflect the amount of banding I actually did. When I'm working the programs at Carver Park in Victoria, MN or Ritter Farm Park in Lakeville, MN the bands are not mine so are not reflected on my records. The following list is just those birds I banded at my own locations.

Totals are 196 individuals of 42 species. I'm really hoping to bring those numbers up this year if the weather cooperates.

Top 5 species banded were:

Black-capped Chickadee
Purple Martin
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-breasted Nuthatch

The complete list in alphabetical order is as follows:

American Goldfinch
American Robin
Baltimore Oriole
Black and White Warbler
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Clay-colored Sparrow
Cedar Waxwing
Chipping Sparrow
Common Yellowthroat
Dark-eyed Junco
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Tufted Titmouse
Fox Sparrow
Gray Catbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Hermit Thrush
House Wren
Indigo Bunting
Nashville Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Pine Warbler
Purple Martin
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Red-eyed Vireo
Savannah Sparrow
Sedge Wren
Song Sparrow
Swainson's Thrush
Traill's Flycatcher
White-breasted Nuthatch
Wilson's Warbler
White-throated Sparrow
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow Warbler

The common consensus around these parts is that last springs migration was one of the worst in recent memory. Hopefully it will improve this year and the nets will be busy. Keep checking back to see when we start to catch birds!

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