The McIntyre Marsh station had another busy day on April 25 with 160 birds of 11 species banded. Leading the banding totals was Slate-colored Junco, with 72 banded; numerous small groups were observed moving through the marsh throughout the day. Fox Sparrows were also seen frequently throughout the area today and 27 were banded. A single American Pipit was also banded today; this species is banded infrequently as it is most often seen in relatively "open" habitats. Rusty Blackbirds have once again taken up residence in the marsh with an estimated 15-20 individuals in the marsh for the past few days. Four new individuals were banded today, bringing the season total to 7. Other birds banded today included; Common Redpoll (18), White-crowned Sparrow (14), American Tree Sparrow (11), Myrtle Warbler (7), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (5), Hammond's Flycatcher (1) and Lincoln's Sparrow (1). A Lesser Yellowlegs (a first for the season) was also observed in the marsh today.
The station will be closed this week, but will be open next weekend (May 1-2) from 7am to noon. 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; American Pipit and male Rusty Blackbird.