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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Albert Creek update - August 10th

From Aug 6th through Aug 10th Albert Creek averaged 36.6 birds/day and 0.24 birds/net-hour for a total of 183 birds banded. New banding species for the season included Orange-crowned Warbler on the 7th, Cape May Warbler and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on the 8th, and Red-breasted Nuthatch and Golden-crowned Kinglet on the 10th. The highlight of the period was the Cape May (see a previous blog entry) but 4 Western Tanagers banded on the 7th and the Golden-crowned Kinglet were also quite exciting. The top 5 most numerous species banded during the period were Northern Waterthrush (36), Tennessee Warbler (18), and Least Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Swainson's Thrush and Pine Siskin 11 each. The current season top 5 is Tennessee Warbler (142), Northern Waterthrush (110), Common Yellowthroat (51), Yellow-rumped Warbler (46), and Warbling Vireo (42).

Field observations have been few but a juvenile Horned Grebe and two adult Trumpeter Swans frequenting the marsh are worth mentioning.


Golden-crowned Kinglet



adult Least Flycatcher

Photos by Kelly Riggs

Complete list of birds banded at Albert Creek as of Aug 10th this season (this 5 day period in brackets):

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Spotted Sandpiper - 1
Solitary Sandpiper - 2
Least Sandpiper - 2
Belted Kingfisher - 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 7
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 2
Alder Flycatcher - 31 (7)
Least Flycatcher - 35 (11)
Hammond's Flycatcher - 15 (2)
Blue-headed Vireo - 1
Warbling Vireo - 42 (11)
Gray Jay - 1
Black-capped Chickadee - 7 (1)
Boreal Chickadee - 8 (4)
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1 (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1 (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 10 (5)
Swainson's Thrush - 41 (11)
American Robin - 3 (1)
Varied Thrush - 6 (3)
Tennessee Warbler - 142 (18)
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2 (2)
Yellow-Warbler - 32 (10)
Magnolia Warbler - 17 (6)
Cape May Warbler - 1 (1)
Yellow-rumped "Myrtle" Warbler - 46 (4)
Blackpoll Warbler - 5 (3)
American Redstart - 40 (8)
Northern Waterthrush - 110 (36)
MacGillivray's Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 51 (7)
Wilson's warbler - 7 (6)
Chipping Sparrow - 2 (1)
Savannah Sparrow - 1
Fox Sparrow - 2
Lincoln's Sparrow - 32 (3)
Swamp Sparrow - 9 (1)
White-throated Sparrow - 12 (10)
Dark-eyed Junco - 7
Western Tanager - 7 (4)
Pine Siskin - 14 (11)
= 759 (183) birds of 42 species
0.347 birds/net-hour







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