Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 12:41:11 -0700
Reply-To: Charlie <cmmbirds@YAHOO.COM>
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From: Charlie <cmmbirds@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Panol Mountain, 9/20/09 - Merlin, 1000 swifts
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I am quite relieved to report that we were able to band without getting rained on today! I checked weather.com about 6 times between 9pm and 5am.
Check out the number of phoebes and swifts we had, plus the Merlin. Tracey and I also had one in Lamar on Thursday - seems they are all over the state right now!
The Merlin flew into Dekalb, so that is 3 counties for this bird in 4 days!
Thanks to Bill Boyd for doing half of the swift counting, after my neck and eyes got sore!
Location: Panola Mountain SP, Rockdale County
Observation date: 9/20/09
Notes: The swifts were quite a spectacle! Not sure where these bunches of phoebes keep coming from. The merlin was exciting!
Number of species: 40
Canada Goose 30
Wild Turkey 4
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture 60 very low number for this area.
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Merlin 1 One medium-large, dark, streaky falcon zipped with powerful flight in a very straight line right over the banding station.
Rock Pigeon 2
Mourning Dove 50
Great Horned Owl 1
Chimney Swift 1103 WOW! After several of us noticed that there were a bunch of swifts flying very straight in the same direction (and silently) we began to count, taking shifts. Only 3 of these birds chattered at all, and they all went the same direction. I don't know how many passed before we began to count.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 25 Banded 16 hatch-year bird! Also handled 2 recaptures.
Eastern Kingbird 12 Flying about in groups of 6 - 12. Likely an under-count
White-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 1
crow sp. 32 Probably mostly fish
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Wren 2 Banded one bird
House Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 5 As I removed 2 chicks from a net, dad and mom dive-bombed me, until dad also got caught. Then mom split!
Northern Mockingbird 4 banded one hatch-year bird
European Starling 70
Common Yellowthroat 5 banded one bird, had another escape from the bag without a band.
Summer Tanager 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1 Banded one bird.
Northern Cardinal 2
Blue Grosbeak 6 Banded 2 hatch-year birds.
Indigo Bunting 10 Banded 2 hatch-year birds.
Red-winged Blackbird 3
American Goldfinch 5
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