banding again this week - despite the calendar having rolled over into
March, it has been cold, and combined with the wind, the weather has
been marginal enough that we'll wait until temperatures rise a bit
Nonetheless, we have
some exciting news to announce. After having banded well over 5000
birds since MBO's inception, we at last have news of one of our birds
having been recovered elsewhere! A female Slate-coloured Junco,
banded as a hatch-year individual by Crissy Ranellucci on October 25,
2004, was recaptured by a bander in Scotch Plains, New Jersey (just
southwest of New York City), on November 24, 2005.
Closer to home, activity
at the feeders was relatively unremarkable this week. Of note,
however, the Northern Cardinals have become steadily more vocal, and the
Blue Jays have increased in number of late.