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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Update from Albert Creek - April 27

Albert Creek Bird Observatory began its tenth year of consecutive spring migration monitoring on April 22nd. We were kept very busy banding the numerous American Tree Sparrow, White-Crowned Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Slate Colored Juncos, and Lincoln's Sparrows. The first of the Myrtle Warblers were also apparent at the site.

Our binoculars were often pointed skyward to view the hundreds of Tundra Swans and White-Fronted Geese moving north. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped out all week. Albert Creek Week #1 April 22nd to April 27th. Birds banded during the first week (April 22-27):

Fox Sparrow - 161
White-crowned Sparrow - 127
American Tree Sparrow - 105
Common Redpoll - 103
Slate-colored Junco - 37 (bottom photo)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 24
Lincoln's Sparrow - 15
Myrtle Warbler - 6
Boreal Chickadee - 3
Purple Finch - 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow - 1 (middle photo)
Black-capped Chickadee - 1
Lapland Longspur - 1 (top photo)
American Robin - 1
Gray Jay - 1

TOTAL BIRDS - 588
TOTAL SPECIES - 15

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