The MAPS season was completed at the end of July with a total of 409 new indiduals banded at the three stations. The most common capture during MAPS by far was Least Flycatcher with 51 new bandings.
With the end of the MAPS season came the beginning of Fall Migration. The first day of fall monitoring season began on August 2, 2013. August was steady with a total of 605 birds banded. The busiest day was August 28 when 54 birds of 21 species and forms were banded – an incredible diversity!
Though all of the kingbirds caught so far this fall have been hatch year birds, adults have bright orange or red feathers hidden within their crowns. These bright feathers are usually only visible when a kingbird is defending its territory or chasing off a predator.
Early September started with a lull but on September 4 a total of 64 birds were banded, 35 of them being Yellow Warblers. Most individuals of this species are easily aged by the colour of the underside of the bill. Hatch year birds show a fleshy colour on the bill while adult bills are entirely grey similar to the colour of pencil lead.
A long overdue species for the staion was Blue-headed Vireo. This handsomely bright specimen was the 102nd full species to be captured at the migration station since the project started in 2010.
Another notable milestone – Cypress Hills banded it’s 10,000th bird on September 10, 2013! Here is a quiz bird to celebrate….Good luck.