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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Observatory Updates - August 3

Update from Teslin Lake.....46 birds banded today including some higher numbers of flycatchers; 6 Alder FLycatchers and 5 Hammond's FLycatcher banded. Alders are a very common passage migrant at the site, with 500+ typically banded in a single season. Their numbers typically built throughout August and peak at the en...d of the month. There was also a noticeable flight of Myrtle Warblers today, with numerous small flocks flying overhead in the early morning. White-winged Crossbills continue to be ever present....another 7 were banded today and interestingly, no juveniles have yet been banded. We may be in for some extraordinary numbers of this species this fall !

Update from Albert Creek.....a wide variety of warblers continue to be banded. Tennessee Warblers continue to be banded in high numbers....we have already surpassed 150 individuals banded. This outnumbers the previous season record of 135 set in 2009; the 2003 to 2009 average for this species is 36.

Also of note, water levels in the marsh at Albert Creek are likely the lowest we have seen since the observatory began in 2001. This is likely a result of the hot dry weather in the southern Yukon this summer.

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