Fall Migration Monitoring: Marsh Wren

Marsh Wren

September 16th – September 25th
The last week had been very busy for “Myrtle” Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers and mixed flocks of Sparrows. The White-throated Sparrows continue to grow in numbers as do the White-crowned “Gambel’s” Sparrows, Lincoln’s and Slate-colored Juncos. We’ve caught the most Swamp Sparrows we have of any year and we banded our first Marsh Wren! The Sharp-shinned Hawks are migrating with the “Myrtles” and we continue to catch juvenile males in the nets. The weather is getting calmer with fewer windy days and the afternoons, as a general rule, are as busy as the mornings. The leaves on the Balsam Poplars have mostly fallen and the Trembling Aspen are turning yellow from the ground up. Soon there will be little cover at the station.

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About chipmigration

The Calgary Bird Banding Society is a non-profit research organization conducting the third year of a landbird monitoring project at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Alberta. Bird banding is an integral aid to the study and protection of wild birds. It is typically facilitated by using a mist net. Birds fly into the mist net, are gently removed and a permanent aluminum light-weight band is placed around the lower leg. Often the birds are measured, weighed, sexed and aged before release back into the wild. When a banded bird is recovered, the number and information on the band is used to trace migratory patterns and other vital data. This information made available to the banding and scientific communities. The data is invaluable to many scientific studies, including Global Warming and Pollution research.
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