Week 6:  December 5-11, 2005

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One of the Black-capped Chickadees banded this week, an adult that stopped pecking at
fingers just long enough to allow this picture to be taken.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

Special thanks to Wildlifers in Baie D'Urfe for donating the seed to stock the feeders for MBO's Winter Monitoring Program - click here for information about the store.


# birds (and species) banded 13 (4) 173 (11) 4132 (84) 5053 (92)
# birds (and species) repeat 8 (3) 98 (5) 839 (36) 893 (41)
# birds (and species) return 1 (1) 6 (2) 78 (14) 78 (14)
# species observed 17 43 164 170
# net hours 3.0 66.5 5447.6 6422.1
# birds banded / 100 net hours 433.3 260.2 75.8 78.6

Note: table does not include nocturnal banding (owls)

Bander-in-charge:  Marcel Gahbauer
Assistants:  Shawn Craik, Gay Gruner, Marie-Anne Hudson, Mike Mayerhofer

Notes:  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...

The 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.

Among 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.




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