Fall 2018 Banding Summary

Over the course of the season, we had some slow days (the lowest being 12 birds on Sept. 30th) to a pretty busy day (35 birds on Oct. 13th).  We caught a total of 20 species which was about average.  A few of the

Again, we had great support from the City of Dunedin and a lot of visitors, new and returning.  It is a bit bittersweet after starting this project in Fall 2012.  That season we captured 41 birds and were just figuring things out.  With the help with a number of very dedicated volunteers we were able to develop our systems and project into a pretty well-oiled machine.  Despite all of our hard work I found the amount of birds capture for the effort disappointing.  After a lot of reflection and searching, I have decided to move the banding project out to Caladesi Island State Park beginning in Spring 2019.  It will become less of a public outreach/education project but we will be able to focus almost exclusively on the research aspects of the project.  We will continue to hold one day of banding in Hammock Park in the spring and fall each year to allow us to continue educating the public about the importance of bird conservation.

Here are the results of last Fall’s banding in Hammock Park.  I apologize for the delay.

Species                                   Total

Cardinal                                17

Ovenbird                                15

Indigo Bunting                      13

Gray Catbird                          11

White-eyed Vireo                  10

Blue Jay                                  9

Brown Thrasher                    8

Carolina Wren                       7

Common Yellowthroat          4

Hooded Warbler                   2

Magnolia Warbler                 2

Red-eyed Vireo                      2

Tufted Titmouse                   2

Acadian Flycatcher                1

American Redstart                1

Downy Woodpecker             1

House Wren                           1

Swainson’s Thrush               1

Swainson’s Warbler              1

Wood Thrush                          1

Total:                                    109 birds

Recaptures:                         22 birds

 

 

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Last Banding Session at Hammock Park

This Sunday, October 28th, we will be banding in Hammock Park. I am still waiting for the permit from the FWC to allow us to band out on Caladesi Island. We will be out there starting next spring.