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Thursday, May 6, 2010

McIntyre Marsh Update - May 1 to 2

This past weekend was very busy at the marsh. The sparrows arrived in droves and kept us very busy extracting and banding. Fortunately, there were a number of helpers onhand and even more visitors who were able to see how a banding station operates when very busy. Some highlights from the weekend included the first Orange-crowned Warbler on the 2nd. Other new species included a Varied Thrush and a small number of Violet-green Swallows on the 2nd, these species have been at the site for a few weeks but had avoided the nets until this point.
White-crowned Sparrows were althroughout the site on both days and were the number one species, with 95 individuals banded. Other bird banded this week included; Myrtle Warbler (42), Slate-colored Junco (24), Fox Sparrow (17), Lincoln's Sparrow (13), American Tree Sparrow (12), Golden-crowned Sparrow (8), Savannah Sparrow (7), Violet-green Swallow (5), American Robin (5), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (4), Black-capped Chickadee (2), Varied Thrush (1) and Orange-crowned Sparrow (1).....grand total = 236 birds.

Some photos below include (in order); Savannah Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler, Myrtle Warbler, Golden-crowned Sparrow, American Robin, Violet-green Swallow and Varied Thrush.
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