August 9 – 15, 2018

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Last week I was saying that things had slowed back down to normal, but I guess I spoke too soon. We had another couple days with over 100 birds captured as well as some better than 50 bird days. Now, though, I think I can be safe in saying it has slowed down (or perhaps… Read more »

August 2 – 8, 2018

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After another busy week of banding 80-100 birds a day at the Observatory things are starting to slow down and get back to normal. Normal being catching 20-30 birds a day. This week, like the last one, we’ve seen and caught a wide variety of migrating warbler species with the most common being Tennessee warbler…. Read more »

July 26 – August 1, 2018

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Holy! A lot has happened this past week. We have just about wrapped up our final round of MAPS (only one site left!) and we have banded a lot of birds. And by a lot, I do mean a lot. Three days this week we banded over 100 birds and one of those days the… Read more »

July 19- 25, 2018

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We are a couple weeks into fall migration monitoring and only one round away from completing our MAPS banding program for the year. If you do not recall from previous articles, MAPS is our summer banding program that is less intensive than the migration monitoring and focuses on locally breeding birds. We have four sites… Read more »

July 12 – 18, 2018

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Last week I wrote about how the juvenile birds embark on their fall migration before their parents. This week I want to write a little bit about what delays the parents from leaving at the same time as the chicks. If you recall from last week, the juvenile birds are cared for tirelessly by their… Read more »

July 5 – July 11, 2018

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I can’t believe it is already fall! We inevitably get that every year when we tell people we are firing up fall migration monitoring on July 12. It may seem unreasonably early to be watching for south-bound birds but it isn’t. True, many migratory birds will stick around all the way until September, but a… Read more »

June 27 – July 04, 2018

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It hasn’t been a very eventful week this past week. We finished the third round of MAPS banding during the only couple days it wasn’t raining, we did all our net repair and we got caught up on some office work. Out at MAPS we have just started seeing juvenile birds fledging. We have seen… Read more »

June 21 – 27, 2018

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After that big storm, a lot of people may be wondering if, and how birds were affected. It is still a little early to tell, but it is likely that many in the area lost their nests. Aside from the obvious source of failed nesting – blow-down, the persistence of the rain was another source…. Read more »

June 7 – 20, 2018

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As you may have noticed I wasn’t able to find the time last week to write an article. With the huge wind and rain storm we were scrambling to figure out where we stood in regards to our summer projects and come article day I found myself working a twelve hour day instead of writing…. Read more »

May 31 – June 6, 2018

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The weather continued to be variable this week which was nice for us. Lots of very cool mornings, a smattering of clouds and showers and even some calm conditions. Most migration is over and the only birds we see passing overhead are the occasional cedar waxwing and American goldfinch. Just because birds are no longer… Read more »