Maybe we can blame the slow first day of banding on Hurricane Florence hitting the Carolinas and holding up all the migrants? Either way, it was a very hot, humid start to the season. We had a cracker-jack crew of 11 volunteers show up to set up the 13 nets in record time. Although it was a slow day as far as amount of birds captured, we definitely had a few interesting birds. We had a first year female Magnolia, a young Acadian Flycatcher, 2 species of Vireo (White and Red-eyeds) and a recapture Ovenbird.
Probably the most significant capture (or recapture) was the Ovenbird. It was first banded on 9/21/2014 and was recaptured on: 3/22/2015, 9/27/2015 and then again today, 9/16/2018. That means this particular Ovenbird is at least 4 years old and has made 4 round trip migrations. The question I have is where is this little guy spending the winter? We hadn’t seen for the last 3 years. Regardless, he really likes Hammock Park and is definitely a world traveler!
Hopefully the weather will bring us more migrants next week in the Hammock!
Magnolia Warbler – 1
Acadian Flycatcher – 1
White-eyed Vireo – 2
Red-eyed Vireo – 1
Ovenbird – 2 (1 recapture)
N. Cardinal – 4 (2 recaptures)
Brown Thrasher – 4
Total = 15 Birds (3 Recaptures)