4: November 21-27, 2005
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One of six Mourning
Doves banded on November 26, a remarkable number considering
that the cumulative total at MBO to date had been just five. (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
thanks to Wildlifers in Baie D'Urfe for donating the seed to stock the
feeders for MBO's Winter Monitoring Program - click
information about the store.
birds (and species) banded
birds (and species) repeat
birds (and species) return
birds banded / 100 net hours
Note: table does
not include nocturnal banding (owls)
Assistants: Shawn Craik, Christina Donehower, Barbara Frei, Marie-Anne Hudson,
Mike Mayerhofer, Betsy McFarlane, Mark O'Connor
Yet again it was an abnormally cold week for November, and as has been
the pattern throughout the month, we had only one morning of banding.
Having forgotten to take the nets in before the snow, we found one of them
frozen shut; however, the other three were productive, with 35 birds caught
in just under three hours.
our surprise, we banded more Mourning Doves than any other species.
Previously we had never caught more than two in a day, and only five in
total over a period of 18 months. Over the past several weeks we have
seen much higher numbers of Mourning Doves than ever before, likely
attracted by the corn in the neighbouring field. Nonetheless, it was
still quite a surprise to band six of them in one short morning.
peculiar note from our morning of banding involves the two Downy Woodpeckers
we banded. Caught an hour apart at exactly the same point on net V4,
both had the same age, sex, wing chord, fat, and weight!
other highlight of the week was our long-anticipated first sighting of a
Rough-legged Hawk. It flew northwest over Stoneycroft on Saturday
morning while we were at the nets. It becomes the 170th species
recorded since MBO was established in May 2004.