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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Albert Creek - final words



First we'd like to apologize once again the infrequency of the blog entries but we assure you that we are doing our best as the technical difficulties continue. As the SOYBO field team no longer has internet all the entries are now written in the Yukon Motel lounge while watching hockey and consuming various beverages...

Albert Creek finished the fall season 2011 on the 10th of September. Yes, it took a while for the final figures to reach yours truly and even longer for them to make it into the blog. Sorry about that. For the last five days of the season Albert Creek averaged 20.6 birds/day and 0.162 birds/net hour for a total of 103 birds banded. The most numerous species banded this period were Dark-eyed Junco (18), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (17), Common Yellowthroat (16) and Orange-crowned Warbler (8). The season top-five was Yellow-rumped Warbler (287), Northern Waterthrush (192), Common Yellowthroat (183), Tennessee Warbler (152) and Alder Flycatcher (122). The most notable observation was a late Cliff Swallow on the 10th.


Photos ©Jukka Jantunen

The SOYBO blog keeper would like to thank, first and foremost, Ted and Hollie Murphy-Kelly for their huge contribution to make the season happen, Susan and Barry Drury for providing accommodation for the ACBO field team, and of course Kelly Riggs for helping out at ACBO for the better part of her visit to the Yukon. Many others helped too in various ways - thank you all!

Complete list of birds banded at Albert Creek this season (last 5 days in brackets):

Green-winged Teal - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 7 (1)
Spotted Sandpiper - 1
Solitary Sandpiper - 2
Least Sandpiper - 2
Boreal Owl - 1 (1)
Belted Kingfisher - 4 (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 9
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Western Wood-Pewee - 1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 6
Alder Flycatcher - 122 (3)
Least Flycatcher - 44
Hammond's Flycatcher - 20
Blue-headed Vireo - 1
Warbling Vireo - 64
Gray Jay - 1
Black-capped Chickadee - 11
Boreal Chickadee - 48 (6)
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 55 (17)
Gray-cheeked Thrush - 2 (1)
Swainson's Thrush - 74
Hermit Thrush - 1
American Robin - 5
Varied Thrush - 10
Tennessee Warbler - 152 (1)
Orange-crowned Warbler - 87 (8)
Yellow-Warbler - 82
Magnolia Warbler - 24 (2)
Cape May Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped "Myrtle" Warbler - 287 (7)
Townsend's Warbler - 1
Blackpoll Warbler - 28
American Redstart - 52
Northern Waterthrush - 192 (1)
MacGillivray's Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 183 (16)
Wilson's warbler - 67 (4)
American Tree Sparrow - 19 (7)
Chipping Sparrow - 2
Savannah Sparrow - 3
Fox Sparrow - 13 (1)
Lincoln's Sparrow - 80 (7)
Swamp Sparrow - 16 (1)
White-crowned Sparrow - 16
Golden-crowned Sparrow - 1
White-throated Sparrow - 24
Dark-eyed Junco - 91 (18)
Western Tanager - 7
Rusty Blackbird - 4
White-winged Crossbill - 2
Common Redpoll - 1
Pine Siskin - 28
= 1962 (103) birds of 55 species
0.310 (0.162) birds/net-hour

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