Date: 6/22/18 1:44 pm
From: Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Mansfield week 4
Chris: I really enjoy your reports. Thanks for posting them. Karan Cutler,
Bridport

On Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 2:09 PM, Chris Rimmer <crimmer...>
wrote:

> This week's Mansfield session marked VCE's fourth visit to the mountain in
> 2018. A crew of visitors, including a lively group from Otter Creek
> Audubon, were treated to a solid assortment of mist-netted birds, though
> fewer surprises than last week. Weather was cool and dry. The avian nesting
> season is clearly in full swing, as females of all species showed
> well-developed incubation/brood patches. Small groups of siskins are still
> present on the ridgeline, though crossbill numbers seem reduced -- we
> caught juveniles of both species. I did finally hear a distant Winter Wren
> sing, but their abundance is distinctly low, as is that of Swainson's
> Thrush (back to numbers of 10-20 years ago). We had our first red squirrel
> sightings of the season, with two individuals. This year's cone crop is
> non-existent -- I have yet to see a single fir or spruce cone.
>
> Included among the 57 birds we captured on Tues-Wed:
>
> Least Flycatcher 1 female with regressing brood patch
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 male
> Bicknell's Thrush 12 2 new yearling males, 10 within-season retraps
> Swainson's Thrush 2 2 within-season retraps
> American Robin 4 2 new, 2 within-season retrap
> Blackpoll Warbler 11 4 new (3 males), 2 returns (male from 2016,
> female from 2017), 5 within-season retraps
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 female
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4 males: 1 new; 1 return from 2017, 2
> retraps
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 3 1 new female, 1 return male banded
> as hatch-year on 2 Aug 17, 1 retrap
> White-throated Sparrow 13 9 new (8 males, 1 female), 4 within-season
> retraps
> Purple Finch 1 new yearling male; we've now banded 8 this year vs. 1
> in all of 2017
> White-winged Crossbill 1 free-flying juvenile, flight feathers >85-90%
> full-grown; likely a locally-hatched bird
> Pine Siskin 2 free-flying juveniles
>
> ________________________
>
> Chris Rimmer
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x202
> http://vtecostudies.org/
>
> <http://vtecostudies.org/>
>
 
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