Spring Banding Begins

    Last week and yesterday we experienced our first banding days of the season. So far we have captured more birds than we did at this point in the springs of 2009 and 2010. High counts of birds are coming from species such as Swamp Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and White-throated Sparrow. We have caught early migrants that we are expecting to catch more of as migration through Missouri picks up. Among some early arrivals are Orange-crowned Warbler and Swainson’s Thrush.

A Northern Parula captured this week.
We originally banded this bird in
the spring of 2010.

    By good fortune we recaptured a Northern Parula that we captured in April of 2010. It is always exciting to recapture a bird that made it through a fall and spring migration to return back to breed.
    We’ve also taken a brief look at some of the night flight call recordings that were captured at the station and the unit seems to be performing well. Not only has it captured flight calls and daytime songs of birds, but it has recorded the howls of coyotes, calls of owls, and the chorus of frogs. Later analysis of the recordings will give us further understanding of the timing of arrival and departure of various assemblages of birds.

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