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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Teslin Lake - July 31, 2011

In terms of birds banded, things have been somewhat slow at TLBO with less then 20 birds banded per day. Today (31st) was the busiest day thus far this season with a total of 46 birds banded. The only new species banded was the season was a Fox Sparrow (juvenile) on the 31st. We also captured an additional Downy Woodpecker and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker today. Alder Flycatchers appear to be starting to move, a total of 10 were banded today, all of which we were adult birds. In most species, the juveniles migrate south before the adults which remain later while they molt before heading south. As Alder Flycatchers do not molt until on the wintering grounds, they depart shortly after the completion of breeding.

Other highlights have included 3 Hammond's Flycatchers and a Red-breasted Nuthatch on the 31st and a Bohemian Waxwing on the 30th.

As of August 1st, we welcome back Jukka Jantunen as our Bander In Charge at the observatory. Jukka has spent the previous 3 fall seasons at TLBO and he will once again be back at the observatory until the latter portion of October.

The banding totals as of July 31st are shown below; the numbers shown in brackets ( ) indicate the number of each species banded as of this data during 2010.

Solitary Sandpiper - 3 (1)
Spotted Sandpiper - 2 (1)
Belted Kingfisher - 1 (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2 (0)
Downy Woodpecker - 4 (0)
Northern Flicker - 1 (0)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 0 (1)
Alder Flycatcher - 21 (11)
Hammond's Flycatcher - 10 (0)
Least Flycatcher - 4 (1)
Warbling Vireo - 8 (4)
Black-capped Chickadee - 11 (13)
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2 (0)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 7 (6)
Swainson's Thrush - 18 (10)
American Robin - 6 (4)
Varied Thrush - 0 (1)
Bohemian Waxwing - 1 (0)
Northern Waterthrush - 15 (15)
Tennessee Warbler - 1 (13)
Orange-crowned Warbler - 5 (9)
Common Yellowthroat - 5 (5)
American Redstart - 15 (10)
Yellow Warbler - 38 (42)
Blackpoll Warbler - 9 (22)
Townsend's Warbler - 0 (4)
Yellow-rumped "Myrtle" Warbler - 25 (98)
Wilson's Warbler - 2 (15)
Chipping Sparrow - 7 (7)
Savannah Sparrow - 0 (1)
Fox Sparrow - 1 (0)
Lincoln's Sparrow - 0 (2)
Swamp Sparrow - 0 (1)
White-crowned Sparrow - 0 (1)
Dark-eyed Junco - 19 (45)
Brown-headed Cowbird - 1 (0)
Purple Finch - 1 (9)
White-winged Crossbill - 0 (24)
Common Redpoll - 2
Pine Siskin - 1 (2)

TOTAL - 268 (381)


Bohemian Waxwing

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