McGILL BIRD OBSERVATORY

WINTER POPULATION MONITORING

Week 18:  February 27 - March 5, 2006

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK:



A hatch-year female Slate-coloured Junco made history for MBO this week - details below.

(Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
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Special thanks to Wildlifers in Baie D'Urfe for donating the seed to stock the feeders for MBO's Winter Monitoring Program - click here for information about the store.

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THIS WEEK

THIS WINTER

2006 TOTAL

SITE TOTAL

# birds (and species) banded

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279 (16)

106 (13)

5159 (93)

# birds (and species) repeat

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162 (6)

64 (5)

957 (41)

# birds (and species) return

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20 (5)

14 (5)

92 (15)

# species observed

15

48

30

170

# net hours

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131.5

65.0

6487.1

# birds banded / 100 net hours

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212.2

163.1

79.4

Note: table does not include nocturnal banding (owls)

Bander-in-charge:  Shawn Craik

Notes:   No 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 again.

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.

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