Fall Migration Banding Continues at Indian Foothills Park

A Cedar Waxwing. MRBO has banded
nearly 40 at Foothills Park in Marshall.

By Veronica Mecko
With the addition of several mist nets placed within varying types of vegetation at the site at Indian Foothills Park in Marshall, the number of birds captured and banded has increased in the past two weeks.
September 18 was a busy day of banding at the park with many new species for this site including: Northern Parula, Nashville Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, American Redstart, Black-and-white Warbler, Least Flycatcher and Warbling Vireo.
For several weeks we banders have watched groups of Cedar Waxwings fly in and out of the banding site area. The high pitched trill of the waxwings is usually heard before a group of them flies in and lands on one of the taller red cedar or oak trees and then proceed to take their time moving and landing among the other tall trees before they fly off with their trills trailing behind them. Last Friday the waxwings flew low enough for some to land in the mist nets and we ended up banding 19 of them, a mixture of hatch year and adult birds. Two days later another large group of waxwings were banded.
Other new species for the site within the past week were Wilson’s Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-capped Chickadee and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. On the first net run on Monday morning, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet was banded and on Wednesday an Orange-crowned Warbler was banded.

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