by Margie Menzies & David Alexander
Sept. 15-30, 2015
23 birds were banded on Sept. 19th and 26th. 9 different species were recorded including 7 Black-capped Chickadees, 1 Western Palm Warbler, 1 Fox Sparrow, 1 Magnolia Warbler, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 1 Tennessee Warbler, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 8 White-throated Sparrows, and 1 Swainson’s Thrush. 6 Black-capped Chickadees were recaptured.
Month summary for the overlook
37 birds total were banded on 4 days for a total of 13 species. September was a fairly quiet month for
banding at the overlook. 8 Black-capped Chickadees were recaptured with 2 birds banded in 2013,
several in 2014, and a few recaptures from birds banded this fall in 2015.
Passerine Banding Station
During Sept. 16-30, we banded 10 days at the passerine banding station, for a total of 218 birds Banded representing 27 species, and 5 recaptures. Later season birds were captured such as Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrushes, Myrtle Warblers (Yellow-rumped Wablers in your bird guide), Fox Sparrows, and just the beginning of the Slate-colored Junco Season (Dark-eyed Junco in your bird guide.) The first Sharp-shinned Hawk caught in the passerine nets for 2015, occurred during this period- usually this happens fairly frequently through the season, but not this year. On Sept. 27, we hosted a visiting group of banders from the Twin Cities area. This was an interesting day of sharing and re-establishing a network of banders in Minnesota which was once an active group, but had become inactive in recent times. The hope is that we will continue to communicate and meet occasionally to keep each other informed on projects and issues in banding as well as establish the potential for collaboration among Minnesota banders.
Month Summary for the Passerine Banding Station
For the Month of September 2015, we banded 565 birds on 21 days, with 14 recaptured birds. 46
species of birds were banded in Sept. 21 species of warblers, 7 species of sparrows, 4 species of
thrushes, 3 species of woodpeckers, 3 species of flycatchers, and 3 types of vireos. Highlights included a Scarlet Tanager, Black-billed Cuckoo, Brown Creepers, Golden-winged Warblers, Northern Parulas, Black-throated Green Warblers, Blackpoll and Blackburnian Warblers, Fox, Swamp and Lincoln’s Sparrows.
(Sept 15-30) by Ryan Steiner
The 2015 owl banding season has started out well. Throughout September the Northern Saw-whet
Owl migration has been ramping up from the single bird caught on September 15
to consecutive nights in the fifties and sixties as we move into October. Around half of the saw-whets coming through
have been hatch year birds, or birds that fledged from their nest this
summer. Two year old birds make up most
of the rest of the flight, with a few older adults in the mix just to keep
things interesting. The highlight of the
Northern Saw-whet Owl migration came on September 22 when interns Alan Moss and
Reed Turner came out to help for a few hours.
We were delighted when we found a fluffy saw-whet in the net on the
second check, the first Northern Saw-whet Owl that Alan had ever seen. Over the next hour we caught a few more
birds, and just as the guys were planning on leaving, the floodgates opened and
owls began to fill the nets. Foregoing a
night of sleep Reed and Alan helped all night and in the end we were all exhausted
but happy, having caught 116 Northern Saw-whet Owls over the course of the
night! It was quite the introduction for both of the interns, but especially
for Alan who went from having never seen a Northern Saw-whet Owl to having seen
more than most people will in a lifetime over the course of one night!
the saw-whet flight is ramping up, the Long-eared Owl migration has yet to
reach us, but that does not mean there have been no bigger owls! Another highlight thus far has been two
Barred Owls. Seeming massive after
banding so many of the tiny saw-whets, these owls added a little extra
excitement to two of the slower nights!
|Northern Saw-whet Owl by Ryan Steiner|
of the end of September we have banded 405 Northern Saw-whet Owls and 2 Barred
Owls. In addition, we have captured 18
previously banded saw-whets at the station which will hopefully further our
knowledge on the migration routes of these adorable little owls.
|Barred Owl by Alex Lamoreaux|
|Barred Owl, upperside view, by Alex Lamoreaux|