Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Metro Beach banding report - September 4-13, 2014

The rain continues! Although we managed to squeeze four days of banding in during the first half of September, rain was either just finishing before we arrived at the park, started after we took the station down, or both! On one day, we were delayed setting up by two hours. But with all this inconvenience, the birds came in, including lots of warblers. Of the 345 birds banded on these four days, 108 were warblers.

Thank you to the following volunteers for making banding possible on these days. Jean Gramlich, Caden Gramlich, Dave Lancaster, Steve Mangas, Tom Schlack, Sarah Toner, Blanche Wicke, and Sue Wright.

Highlights of the 56 birds banded on Thursday, September 4 included the first Swainson's Thrushes of the fall. Many years, they arrive before mid-August, but not this year.
Hatch-year Swainson's Thrush














A few warblers were banded, including the first Magnolia Warbler of the fall. Normally this fairly common migrant is first captured in late August here, so another late initiation of migration perhaps.
Hatch-year Magnolia Warbler














And the first female Black-throated Blue Warbler of the fall was captured. This individual had a very inconspicuous white patch at the base of the primaries, which is not a rare situation with hatch-year females of this species.
Hatch-year female Black-throated Blue Warbler














So it always pays to have a backup field mark. On female Black-throated Blues, the dark gray cheek with short white line over the eye, and white arc under the eye are all distinctive.
Hatch-year female Black-throated Blue Warbler














Another Red-winged Blackbird was captured today, expanding my personal experience with the molt of this species. It appears to me that this is a hatch-year male, but I am willing to be persuaded that it might be a second-year.
Hatch-year male Red-winged Blackbird














Hatch-year male Red-winged Blackbird















Interesting birds observed but not banded included two flyover Green-winged Teal, a couple of Virginia Rails out near the Field Nets, and a Belted Kingfisher with a Ruby-throated Hummingbird chasing it just a foot behind! Other aerial maneuvers were observed today too, provided by the U.S. Navy's aerobatic team, the Blue Angels. They were practicing their routines for the air show coming up on Saturday, distracting us a little from the birds, and giving great photo opportunities.
The Blue Angels













The Blue Angels















The Blue Angels going straight up














The Blue Angels going straight down













The Blue Angels flying upside down












The Blue Angels beginning their starburst maneuver














The Blue Angels starburst maneuver














Highlights of the 98 birds banded on Saturday, September 6 included two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds; very appropriate since today was the Nature Center's "hummingbirds and monarchs" program. Unfortunately, both were captured, banded, and released before 8 a.m., and the program wasn't scheduled to start until 10 a.m. In past years, I've taken advantage of the surroundings to show the intimate relationship during fall migration between hummingbirds and Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), which is abundant in the banding area.
Hatch-year male Ruby-throated Hummingbird
feeding on Jewelweed















The first Yellow-bellied Flycatcher of the fall was banded today. While all Empidonax flycatchers inf all can have yellow bellies, the Yellow-bellied is the only one with yellow on the throat. They also tend to be greenish-olive all over, with a distinct narrow eye ring that is often pale yellowish.
Hatch-year Yellow-bellied Flycatcher














Hatch-year Yellow-bellied Flycatcher














The first Red-eyed Vireo of the fall was unusual in that it was an adult, with a bright red eye.
After hatch-year Red-eyed Vireo














An adult Marsh Wren in fine plumage was the 13th of the fall, a very good number for so early in the season. The blaak-and-white streaking on the back is much more prominent in adults.
After hatch-year Marsh Wren













But it was the warblers that stole the show today, with most species representing firsts for the fall, including Nashville, Tennessee, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, and Black-and-white.
After hatch-year female Tennessee Warbler













Hatch-year female Nashville Warbler














Hatch-year male Chestnut-sided Warbler
(note single chestnut feather on breast)















Hatch-year Blackpoll Warbler
(note the bright white undertail coverts, and
yellow feet)















Hatch-year male Black-and-white Warbler















Hatch-year male Black-and-white Warbler















Some of the more special (i.e., less frequently captured) warblers included a very nice hatch-year male Blackburnian Warbler, not one but three Mourning Warblers, and a single Canada Warbler.
Hatch-year male Blackburnian Warbler














Hatch-year male Blackburnian Warbler















Hatch-year Mourning Warbler














Hatch-year male Canada Warbler














Interesting birds observed but not banded included a flyover Semipalmated Plover, continuing Virginia Rails near the Field Nets, a Black-throated Green Warbler, and flyover Indigo Bunting and Bobolink.

Highlights of the 97 birds banded on Thursday, September 11 included 9 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds; the most on a single day so far this fall (but far from a record), and 4 Eastern Wood-Pewees, which might be a record. But once again it was the warblers that were the highlight, but among the 15 individuals of 7 species, only the Bay-breasted Warbler was a first for the fall. Nearly half of the birds banded today were American Goldfinches!
Hatch-year Bay-breasted Warbler














Note the general buffy tones on the underparts, including on the undertail coverts (compare with the Blackpoll Warbler above). On hatch-year Blackpoll Warblers, usually only the soles of the feet are yellow, making leg color very difficult to deterimine (and other warblers have yellow feet too!).
Hatch-year Bay-breasted Warbler














Interesting birds observed, but not banded, included a Cooper's Hawk that bounced out of the Field Nets, a Common Nighthawk very early when setting up nets, both Yellow-bellied and Least Flycatchers, a Philadelphia Vireo, a somewhat late Yellow Warbler, and an Ovenbird.

On Saturday, September 13, it was raining when we arrived at the park at 6 a.m., so we waited it out while looking out at rainy Lake St. Clair and Huron Point in the distance. By 8 a.m. the rain had stopped and we were able to band for the rest of the day.
Huron Point, viewed from ~0.4 miles SE of the banding station















Highlights of the 94 birds banded included another Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and three Least Flycatchers. The Red-eyed Vireo captured today was the expected age, hatch-year, with brown eyes.
Hatch-year Red-eyed Vireo














Among the 5 Tennessee Warblers banded was an interesting individual that I am certain would be misidentified in the field by many as an Orange-crowned Warbler, a species that is extremely rare (almost nonexistent actually) in most of Michigan before September 15. This individual did not have as prominent a pale supercilium that most Tennessee's show, and there was a faint suggestion of streaking on the breast probably caused by feather shadows. But this bird did not show the prime field mark for Orange-crowned, the bright yellow undertail coverts (some Tennessee's can have buffy there!). If you look closely, the undertail coverts are clean, bright white, which is shown by Tennessee and not by Orange-crowned. And there are other differences...
After hatch-year Tennessee Warbler














The prize of the day, as we don't catch very many (some years none), was the Northern Parula.
Hatch-year female Northern Parula














Hatch-year female Northern Parula















Hatch-year female Northern Parula















Bay-breasted Warblers are Spruce Budworm specialists (along with others, like Cape May Warbler). In the past, numbers of these warblers showed "boom and bust" cycles, with lots of them in some years. In recent decades, spraying to control this native predator on conifers has flattened out this cycle, so that we have had only low numbers for quite some time. So it was nice to get FIVE of them on one net run, including two young males, one showing chestnut on the crown, and the other showing chestnut on the flanks. Note that neither bird shows a pale neck patch described in some field guides...perhaps that is a character more often seen in adults.
Hatch-year male Bay-breasted Warbler













Hatch-year male Bay-breasted Warbler















It is always nice to catch an after second-year American Redstart, as kind of an early reminder of Halloween!
After second-year male American Redstart














Hatch-year Magnolia Warblers cannot reliably be sexed in-hand (despite what some field guides say!). But the adults are less problematic. The adult (after hatch-year) below can be told by its large square tail spots, all-black upper tail coverts, black centers to the green back feathers, and bold flank streaking. These characters should translate to hatch-year birds in some way, but there is a bewildering number of combinations of these characters on hatch-year birds.
After hatch-year male Magnolia Warbler














Probably my favorite Michigan sparrow is the Lincoln's, and today we had our first of the fall. It is a subtly beautiful bird, with tons of field marks!
After hatch-year Lincoln's Sparrow














Interesting birds observed but not banded included a Least Bittern (along the boardwalk, a little ways away from the banding area), a continuing Virginia Rail, a briefly calling Great Crested Flycatcher, a Cliff Swallow in the morning swallow flock, a Black-throated Green Warbler, and two Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

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Banding Data
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THURSDAY, September 4, 2014
Sunrise (E.S.T.): 6:01
Time Open (E.S.T.): 5:45
Time Closed (E.S.T.): 12:15
Hours Open: 6.50
No. of Nets: 4.0-14.0
Net Hours: 82.25
Temperature (F): 68-82
Cloud Cover: 10-60%
Wind: S @ 3-5-12 mph
Barometer: 30.07-30.06
Precipitation: None
No. Banded: 56 (plus 13 recaptured, 1 released unbanded)
No. of Species: 14
Capture Rate: 85.1 birds per 100 net hours
Volunteers (worked 9.0 hours, 5:00-14:00): Dave Lancaster, Blanche Wicke, Sue Wright.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 3
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Warbling Vireo - 1
Marsh Wren - 5
Swainson's Thrush - 3
Magnolia Warbler - 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 2
American Redstart - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 8 (plus 4 recaptured, 1 released unbanded)
Song Sparrow - 5 (plus 1 recaptured)
Swamp Sparrow - 1 (plus 1 recaptured)
Red-winged Blackbird - 1
House Finch - 2 (plus 1 recaptured)
American Goldfinch - 22 (plus 6 recaptured)

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SATURDAY, September 6, 2014
Sunrise (E.S.T.): 6:03
Time Open (E.S.T.): 6:00
Time Closed (E.S.T.): 13:15
Hours Open: 7.25
No. of Nets: 4.0-14.0
Net Hours: 92.00
Temperature (F): 62-68
Cloud Cover: 100-70%
Wind: SW-NW @ 1-3-10 mph
Barometer: 30.02-30.13
Precipitation: Trace in a.m.
No. Banded: 98 (plus 20 recaptured, 1 released unbanded)
No. of Species: 29
Capture Rate: 129.3 birds per 100 net hours
Volunteers (worked 11.0 hours, 5:00-16:00): Steve Mangas, Tom Schlack (5.5 hrs), Sarah Toner, Blanche Wicke.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 1 (plus 1 recaptured)
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 2
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 1
Alder Flycatcher - 1
Warbling Vireo - 2
Red-eyed Vireo - 1
Black-capped Chickadee - 3
Marsh Wren - 1
Swainson's Thrush - 5
Gray Catbird - 1
Tennessee Warbler - 4
Nashville Warbler - 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 1
[Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1 recaptured]
Blackburnian Warbler - 1
Blackpoll Warbler - 11 (plus 1 released unbanded)
Black-and-white Warbler - 1
American Redstart - 1
Ovenbird - 1
Northern Waterthrush - 2
Mourning Warbler - 3
Common Yellowthroat - 5 (plus 1 recaptured)
Canada Warbler - 1
Song Sparrow - 9 (plus 7 recaptured)
Swamp Sparrow - 3 (plus 3 recaptured)
Northern Cardinal - 1
American Goldfinch - 32 (plus 7 recaptured)

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THURSDAY, September 11, 2014
Sunrise (E.S.T.): 6:08
Time Open (E.S.T.): 6:15
Time Closed (E.S.T.): 13:15
Hours Open: 7.00
No. of Nets: 4.0-14.0
Net Hours: 91.00
Temperature (F): 57-59
Cloud Cover: 100%
Wind: WNW-N @ 10-12-7 mph
Barometer: 29.85-30.13
Precipitation: None
No. Banded: 97 (plus 27 recaptured, 3 released unbanded)
No. of Species: 16
Capture Rate: 140.7 birds per 100 net hours
Volunteers (worked 10.0 hours, 5:00-15:00): Dave Lancaster, Steve Mangas, Blanche Wicke,

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 9
Northern Flicker - 2 (plus 2 recaptured)
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 4
Black-capped Chickadee - 3 (plus 1 recaptured)
Tennessee Warbler - 1
Nashville Warbler - 3
Magnolia Warbler - 2
[Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1 recaptured]
Bay-breasted Warbler - 1
Blackpoll Warbler - 2
Common Yellowthroat - 6 (plus 4 recaptured)
Song Sparrow - 15 (plus 2 recaptured, 1 released unbanded)
Swamp Sparrow - 3 (plus 4 recaptured)
Northern Cardinal - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 2
American Goldfinch - 43 (plus 13 recaptured, 2 released unbanded)

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SATURDAY, September 13, 2014
Sunrise (E.S.T.): 6:10
Time Open (E.S.T.): 7:15
Time Closed (E.S.T.): 14:00
Hours Open: 6.75
No. of Nets: 4.0-13.0
Net Hours: 85.00
Temperature (F): 52-58
Cloud Cover: 100-70-100%
Wind: N @ 3-5-15 mph
Barometer: 30.13-29.64
Precipitation: Rain delayed opening
No. Banded: 94 (plus 26 recaptured, 4 released unbanded)
No. of Species: 27
Capture Rate: 145.9 birds per 100 net hours
Volunteers (worked 11.0 hours, 5:00-16:00): Jean Gramlich (8.5 hrs), Caden Gramlich (8.5 hrs), Steve Mangas, Blanche Wicke.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 4 (plus 1 recaptured)
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 1 (plus 1 recaptured)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 1
Least Flycatcher - 3
Warbling Vireo - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 1
[Black-capped Chickadee - 2 recaptured]
Tufted Titmouse - 1 (plus 1 recaptured)
[White-breasted Nuthatch - 1 recaptured]
Swainson's Thrush - 3
Gray Catbird - 1
Tennesee Warbler - 5
Nashville Warbler - 11 (plus 1 recaptured, 1 released unbanded)
Northern Parula - 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 1
Magnolia Warbler - 12 (plus 2 recaptured, 1 released unbanded)
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1
Bay-breasted Warbler - 5
Black-and-white Warbler - 1
American Redstart - 5
Common Yellowthroat - 5 (plus 2 recaptured)
Wilson's Warbler - 2 (plus 1 recaptured)
Song Sparrow - 4 (plus 3 recaptured)
Lincoln's Sparrow - 1
[Swamp Sparrow - 2 recaptured]
Red-winged Blackbird - 2
American Goldfinch - 21 (plus 10 recaptured, 1 released unbanded)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Metro Beach banding report - August 20-30, 2014

Banding was conducted on 4 days during the last half of August; Wednesday the 20th, Friday the 22nd, Thursday the 28th, and Saturday the 30th. Weather conditions remained wet, so it was amazing that no rain was encountered on any of these four days. Migration of passerines began with a trickle, and the wet nature of the banding area continued to be in evidence with yet another first for the station being a wetland species on the 30th.

Highlights of the 36 birds banded on Wednesday, August 20 were fairly sparse, and almost entirely occurred on nearly the last net run with two Great Crested Flycatchers and a single Eastern Kingbird. All were in one net, and their getting caught together provided the side-by-side photo opportunity below.
Eastern Kingbird (left) and Great Crested Flycatcher














The kingbird's development seemed less progressed than the one captured earlier this month, as the bill was shorter.
Hatch-year Eastern Kingbird














The Great Crested Flycatchers included an adult, with a lot of pinfeathers all over its body, and a very freshly plumaged hatch-year.
After hatch-year Great Crested Flycatcher














Hatch-year Great Crested Flycatcher














A White-breasted Nuthatch was an unusual catch, as less than one per season is caught at this site. Interesting birds observed but not banded included flyover Cooper's and Red-tailed hawks, calling Virginia Rail and Common Gallinule, a begging juvenile Great Horned Owl (well before sunrise), both Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (one each), perhaps the last Yellow Warbler of the year, and two calling Northern Waterthrushes.

Highlights of the 39 birds banded on Friday, August 22 included 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, one of which was an adult male. An odditiy of this banding site is that the vast majority of hummingbirds captured are hatch-year birds with very few adults, and especially few adult males. Adult male Ruby-throats depart earliest, with the majority out of the state of Michigan by about September 5. This one was in heavy body molt, as all adults seem to be this time of year. Note the white pinfeathers on the throat.
After hatch-year male Ruby-throated Hummingbird















 After hearing them in the banding area for a while, finally a Least Flycatcher was captured. This one was fairly easy to identify by its small size, large head, and broad, bright white eye ring.
Hatch-year Least Flycatcher














An Eastern Phoebe was captured today; a species that is very rarely captured here before September 15. Only two species of migrant warbler found their way into our nets, including the third Northern Waterthrush of the fall. This one could be aged as hatch-year based on the conspicuous pale tips on its tertials, which wear off on many hatch-year birds, forcing banders to use degree skull ossification to age them.
Hatch-year Northern Waterthrush














The other migrant warbler species captured today was a single Wilson's Warbler, which could not be easily aged by any visible plumage characters, so was aged hatch-year based on skull ossification.
Hatch-year Wilson's Warbler















Interesting birds observed but not banded included a single American Woodcock flushed from the Field Nets net lane, before the nets were open, a calling Virginia Rail, a single Magnolia Warbler, and two flyover Bobolinks.

Highlights of the 48 birds banded on Thursday, August 28 included two Virginia Rails! Having heard them out near the Field Nets for more than a week, using an audio lure was very successful this morning. Four other rails were in the net lane, but not captured, on the same net run. Both were hatch-year birds, based on molt limits in the secondary coverts, with support from the eye color which was brown in one bird, and more olive-brown in the other. These are only the 4th and 5th Virginia Rails ever banded at this site.
Hatch-year Virginia Rail














Hatch-year Virginia Rail (brown eyes)














Hatch-year Virginia Rail (olive eyes)














A species not captured very often is the Hairy Woodpecker, represented today by this hatch-year male.
Hatch-year male Hairy Woodpecker















A pleasant surprise today, since I really like Empidonax flycatchers, was the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, which was easily identified by its big-headed proportions, greenish tones, and broad pale yellowish eye ring. The throat (not seen well in photos) was grayish white at the chin shading to yellowish on the lower throat.
Hatch-year Yellow-bellied Flycatcher














Two migrant warblers were captured today, new to the species list for the fall. One of them was this American Redstart.
Hatch-year American Redstart














The other warbler species, which actually nests in the same county, but not at this park (not enough habitat), was an Ovenbird.
Hatch-year Ovenbird














Another interesting Ovenbird was a report just received of one banded last fall (on August 31, 2013) that was found (dead) this spring (May 6, 2014) in a remote town in northern Ontario (Maple Leaf). Interesting birds observed but not banded was a pair of chasing Cooper's Hawks; both appeared to be juveniles, and a single Chestnut-sided Warbler working the tangles near the cars.

On Saturday, August 30, we were joined by fellow bander (and soon to be hummingbird bander), Amy Wilms who bands birds at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary in central Indiana. She was joined by one of her volunteers, Mike Hall.
Sarah Toner (L), Mike Hall (C), Amy Wilms (R)















 We showed them an unfortunate amount of mud, and a station first Belted Kingfisher!
Hatch-year female Belted Kingfisher















Hatch-year female Belted Kingfisher














The two chestnut breast bands clearly indicated this bird was a female.
Hatch-year female Belted Kingfisher















Aging this bird was a bit challenging, mainly because it was a first for everyone. Most convincing was the shapes of the outer primaries, which were more pointed as they should be for a hatch-year.
Hatch-year female Belted Kingfisher













The pattern of black on the central tail feathers is also supposed to be helpful for aging kingfishers, but it was not clear to us what we were looking at.
Hatch-year female Belted Kingfisher















Having one of these birds in-hand gave us the opportunity to examine their odd feet, which are characteristic of all kingfishers. Two toes are fused at the base, which in this species helps it dig nesting burrows in river banks.
Hatch-year female Belted Kingfisher














As part of the slow trickle of newly arriving warblers, a male Black-throated Blue Warbler was captured today. This one was easily aged as hatch-year by the white mottling on its black throat.
Hatch-year male Black-throated Blue Warbler














And finally, a very common species but perhaps an unusual individual, Red-winged Blackbird was captured. Most of the Red-wings banded at this station are in spring, when it is easy to age males as second-year or after second year. Some years (including this year), a few juveniles (hatch-year) are banded in early August. So lacking much experience with adults in early fall, the molt on this individual struck me as a bit unusual.
After hatch-year male Red-winged Blackbird














It is showing fresh feathers on the head and back (with rufous fringes), and a very fresh red and yellow epaulette. But the outer two primaries, and the alula, were VERY worn and brown. Also the next primary in was still growing, as was the outermost secondary. So, do the very dull flight feathers indicate that this is a second-year bird? I'd appreciate hearing from banders with more experience with Red-winged Blackbird molt.
After hatch-year male Red-winged Blackbird















Interesting birds observed but not banded included a calling Virginia Rail, a calling Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, a calling Northern Waterthrush, and a single Baltimore Oriole.

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Banding Data
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WEDNESDAY, August 20, 2014
Sunrise (E.S.T.): 5:45
Time Open (E.S.T.): 5:45
Time Closed (E.S.T.): 12:45
Hours Open: 7.00
No. of Nets: 5.0-14.0
Net Hours: 91.00
Temperature (F): 69-77
Cloud Cover: 100-80%
Wind: SW @ 1-3-5 mph
Barometer: 29.80-29.91
Precipitation: None
No. Banded: 36 (plus 16 recaptured)
No. of Species: 12
Capture Rate: 57.1 birds per 100 net hours
Volunteers (worked 9.5 hours, 5:00-14:30): Jacob Charlebois, Marie McGee, Sarah Toner, Blanche Wicke (6.5 hrs).

Downy Woodpecker - 2 (plus 1 recaptured)
Alder Flycatcher - 2
Great Crested Flycatcher - 2
Eastern Kingbird - 1
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
American Robin - 2
Gray Catbird - 4 (plus 1 recaptured)
Common Yellowthroat - 2
Song Sparrow - 5 (plus 9 recaptured)
Swamp Sparrow - 2 (plus 1 recaptured)
House Finch - 1
American Goldfinch - 12 (plus 4 recaptured)

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FRIDAY, August 22, 2014
Sunrise (E.S.T.): 5:47
Time Open (E.S.T.): 6:00
Time Closed (E.S.T.): 13:15
Hours Open: 7.25
No. of Nets: 5.0-14.0
Net Hours: 93.25
Temperature (F): 66-79
Cloud Cover: 90-50%
Wind: Calm-N @ 0-1-3 mph
Barometer: 30.01-30.02
Precipitation: None
No. Banded: 39 (plus 16 recaptured, 2 released unbanded)
No. of Species: 14
Capture Rate: 61.1 birds per 100 net hours
Volunteers (worked 10.0 hours, 5:00-15:00): Steve Mangas, Tom Schlack (6.0 hrs), Sue Wright.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 3
Northern Flicker - 1
Alder Flycatcher - 1
Willow Flycatcher - 1
"Traill's" Flycatcher - 3
Least Flycatcher - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Warbling Vireo - 2
Black-capped Chickadee - 1 (plus 1 recaptured)
American Robin - 6 (plus 2 released unbanded)
Yellow Warbler - 1
Ovenbird - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1 (plus 1 recaptured)
Wilson's Warbler - 1
Song Sparrow - 11 (plus 3 recaptured)
Swamp Sparrow - 1 (plus 3 recaptured)
American Goldfinch - 3 (plus 8 recaptured)

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THURSDAY, August 28, 2014
Sunrise (E.S.T.): 5:53
Time Open (E.S.T.): 6:00
Time Closed (E.S.T.): 13:00
Hours Open: 7.00
No. of Nets: 5.0-14.0
Net Hours: 92.00
Temperature (F): 61-73
Cloud Cover: 40-10%
Wind: NNW @ 1-3-5 mph
Barometer: 30.19-30.19
Precipitation: None
No. Banded: 48 (plus 19 recaptured, 2 released unbanded)
No. of Species: 17
Capture Rate: 75.0 birds per 100 net hours
Volunteers (worked 10.0 hours, 5:00-15:00): Jacob Charlebois, Dave Lancaster, Joan Tisdale, Blanche Wicke.

VIRGINIA RAIL - 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 6 (plus 1 released unbanded)
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 1
"Traill's" Flycatcher - 1
Least Flycatcher - 1
Marsh Wren - 2
American Robin - 1
Gray Catbird - 1 (plus 1 recaptured)
American Redstart - 1
Ovenbird - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1 (plus 2 recaptured)
Song Sparrow - 11 (plus 6 recaptured, 1 released unbanded)
[Swamp Sparrow - 1 recaptured]
Northern Cardinal - 1
American Goldfinch - 16 (plus 9 recaptured)

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SATURDAY, August 30, 2014
Sunrise (E.S.T.): 5:56
Time Open (E.S.T.): 6:00
Time Closed (E.S.T.): 12:00
Hours Open: 6.0
No. of Nets: 5.0-13.0
Net Hours: 72.00
Temperature (F): 70-81
Cloud Cover: 100-50-100%
Wind: S @ 3-5-12 mph
Barometer: 29.98-29.97
Precipitation: None
No. Banded: 33 (plus 8 recaptured)
No. of Species: 11
Capture Rate: 56.9 birds per 100 net hours
Volunteers (worked 9.5 hours, 5:00-14:30): Mike Hall (IN), Sarah Toner, Blanche Wicke, Amy Wilms (IN).

Ruby-throated Hummingbird -4
BELTED KINGFISHER - 1
Least Flycatcher - 1
Marsh Wren - 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1
Ovenbird - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 3 (plus 2 recaptured)
Song Sparrow - 5 (plus 3 recaptured)
Swamp Sparrow - 2
Red-winged Blackbird - 1
American Goldfinch - 13 (plus 3 recaptured)