Dauphin Island- October 4 & 5

Dauphin Island- October 4 & 5

This weekend I was accompanied by a wonderful assistant in the form of a fellow graduate student Cybil Huntzinger (who studies turtles and not birds but we can let that slide). Also, my former lab mate Jill G. visited on Saturday with her soon-to-be husband, Matt, and his parents. We showed them banding and a few birds and Jilly and I enjoyed catching up a bit.

Saturday, though, was a very windy day. This made it difficult to catch birds since they were not moving around very much. But we still caught a few. Sunday morning looked so very promising when early in the day we had 7 birds in one net run! (Which is a lot relative to the numbers I have been catching here). Things slowed down bird-wise after that “big” run but both days still produced decent numbers. And we caught two Swainson’s Thrushes!! The target of all these efforts. This brings my total for SWTH (Swainson’s Thrush) to 4 and I am hoping for 10 of each sex so I still have my work cut out for me.

The list:

American Redstart: 2B

Common Yellowthroat: 3B

Marsh Wren: 1B (yay!)

Red-eyed Vireo: 1B

Swainson’s Thrush: 2B, 1R

Gray Catbird: 8B

Wood Thrush: 7B

Summer Tanager: 1B

Blue Jay: 2C

Carolina Wren: 1R

Total: 25B, 2C, 2R

Running Season Total: 67B, 14C, 7R



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