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Saturday, April 24, 2010

McIntyre Marsh Station Off To A Great Start !

Today was the first full day of operation for the McIntyre Marsh field station and it was busy; both in terms of birds banded at visitors. The banding effort was led by myself will have help (scribing/bird extracting) by Tami Hamilton, Shayla Hamilton and Brian Charles. Today we banded 187 birds of 11 species which included the following; Dark-eyed Junco (73), American Tree Sparrow (29), Fox Sparrow (22), Myrtle Warbler (22), White-crowned Sparrow (18), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (9), Common Redpoll (4), Golden-crowned Sparrow (4), Rusty Blackbird (3), Lincoln's Sparrow (2) and Hammond's Flycatcher (1). Some interesting observations included Tundra Swans (flyover), Orange-crowned Warbler, American Pipit, Lapland Longspur and Varied Thrush.

The station will be open again tomorrow (sunday) from 8am-noon and on all weekends and holidays until the end of May.

Thank you to the following supporters/contributors of the McIntyre Marsh station; City of Whitehorse, Yukon Energy, Environment Yukon, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, Alaska Pipeline Project, Lotteries Yukon, Yukon Bird Club and EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc.

Some photos from today are shown below and include (in order presented; click to enlarge); Rusty Blackbird (female), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (male), Myrtle Warbler (male), Lincoln's Sparrow, Hammond's Flycatcher, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow.

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