6: December 5-11, 2005
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One of the
Black-capped Chickadees banded this week, an adult that stopped
fingers just long enough to allow this picture to be taken.
(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, Gay Gruner, Marie-Anne Hudson, Mike
Wednesday morning we went out for banding but it was unexpectedly cold
and we were limited to observations; Sunday was expected to be a census-only
day, but it ended up nice enough to allow for a bit of banding before the
snow began to fall. The uncertainties of winter...
bird of the week was a Rusty Blackbird discovered on the back loop of the
census trail on Sunday morning, seeking out a melted trickle of water amidst
the dusting of snow on the ground. It was later seen near the feeders,
so it may stay around for a while. Also notable was an American Robin,
and a surprisingly large (for this date) flock of 118 Canada Geese.
the birds banded, Black-capped Chickadees were again the most
numerous. It may be that the large migration observed this fall is
still not quite over. We also had a return of a Black-capped Chickadee
last seen February 14 this year. Last week we recaptured two other
chickadees banded that day and not seen since - it would be interesting to
know where this little flock went in the interim, but we can only guess.