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A news or blog update by PIBO staff.
Although migrants continued to move through the area in good numbers from October 1st – 10th, activity was somewhat low-key for the start of October compared to previous years. In all, 82 species were recorded in the official count area and 300 birds of twenty-seven species were banded in 350 net-hours, for an average capture-rate …
It’s that time of year when PIBO staff are getting sleepy from a long field season and the weather is getting pretty chilly. So, we’ve been stocking up on our Balzac’s Coffee Atwood Blend for those long nights of owling and early mornings of songbird banding. We love it!
With funding from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, PIBO biologist Michelle Bondy is delivering in-class species at risk programs around Essex County this fall. Contact us to book a visit to your classroom or to get more information on bringing your class to the Island!
PIBO is pleased to announce that it will soon have a vibrant, new website available to friends of PIBO. Overseeing the migration to the new PIBO portal is Karl Mohr of Multibeat. The new site will be easier for PIBO staff to update and maintain. The site will ‘go live’ this Fall 2012.
Along with a nice variety of other birds, 136 thrushes have been banded over the last several mornings. We banded 43 Swainson’s, 6 Gray-cheeked, 3 Veerys, and a Hermit Thrush this morning. They were picking at Elderberries. Also, 20 warbler species were recorded and 77 Bobolinks were counted on the census. 68 species were tallied …
We banded and heard lots of Swainson’s Thrushes again today. Blue-headed Vireo and Northern Parula were both new for the fall (photo Common Yellowthroat).
There were numerous thrushes around this morning. We banded 26 including a Gray-cheeked Thrush, along with 55 warblers of nine species! Many Blackpoll and Bay-breasted were observed (photo Black-throated Blue Warbler). Fifty-seven species were noted on the day.
Light north winds helped push some migrants into the area this morning. A Black-crowned Night Heron and a Solitary Sandpiper were observed during the census. 49 birds were banded and 15 warbler species were recorded. Nashville Warblers and Western Palm Warblers were new for the season. (photo Red-breasted Nuthatch)