McGILL BIRD OBSERVATORY

WINTER POPULATION MONITORING

Week 9:  December 26, 2006 - January 1, 2007

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK:



Winter has arrived at last!  Bird activity at the feeders seems to have picked up as a
result, with visitors including this somewhat shy Blue Jay, hanging out on the snowy
"roof" of the feeder after prying loose a kernel of corn.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
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  THIS WEEK THIS WINTER 2006 TOTAL SITE TOTAL
# birds (and species) banded -- 62 (9)

4265 (84)

9318 (96)

# birds (and species) repeat -- 21 (5)

671 (39)

1549 (52)

# birds (and species) return -- 3 (1)

131 (22)

200 (26)

# species observed 14 48

159

180

# net hours -- 66.0

7600.7

14022.8

# birds banded / 100 net hours -- 93.9

56.1

66.4

Note: table does not include nocturnal banding (owls)

Observer:  Marcel Gahbauer

Notes:  Happy New Year!  It was another quiet week at MBO, with snow finally arriving on Tuesday, bringing with it a change in the community of birds - the Canada Geese have moved on at last (though they are still in the region, with several thousand counted on Sunday's Christmas Bird Count in Hudson), while the Juncos, Goldfinches, and Chickadees seem to have settled in at the feeders, emptying them at a much quicker pace than earlier this season.

Though only marginally ahead of 2005, 2006 set new records for the number of birds banded in a year at MBO, as well as the number of repeats.  In every respect, 2006 was a great year for MBO, and we would like to thank all those who made it possible - Mountain Equipment Co-op, the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund of Bird Studies Canada, Bird Protection Quebec, and Canada Steamship Lines for providing the funding that enabled us to for the first time accomplish complete coverage of our spring migration season in addition to fall; to Banders-in-charge Barbara Frei, Marcel Gahbauer, Marie-Anne Hudson, and Seabrooke Leckie for putting in long hours coordinating the banding operations throughout the year; and especially to the over 100 volunteers who put in time helping with banding (and/or maintenance projects) at MBO over the past twelve months.  A research program of this scope is impossible without such support; we hope that the experience has been as rewarding for all sponsors and participants as it has been for us as coordinators/researchers, and that we can count on everyone's continued involvement in 2007 and beyond!

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