McGILL BIRD OBSERVATORY

SPRING MIGRATION MONITORING PROGRAM

Week 3:  April 11 - 17, 2008

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK:



Though the landscape remains flecked with remnant snow, early returning migrants
are nonetheless getting down to the business of nesting (Photo by Barbara Frei)

 

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THIS WEEK

THIS SPRING

2008 TOTAL

SITE TOTAL

# birds (and species) banded

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12978 (103)

# birds (and species) repeat

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2226 (59)

# birds (and species) return

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331 (29)

# species observed

44

48

49

191

# net hours

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21945.8

# birds banded / 100 net hours

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59.1

Note: table does not include nocturnal banding (owls)

Bander-in-charge:   Marie-Anne Hudson, Barbara Frei
Censusers:  Jean Beaudreault,
Brian Bell, Amélie Constantineau, Shawn Craik, Samuel Denault, Simon Duval, Kate Earl, Gay Gruner, Genki Kondo, Helen Leroux, Chris Murphy, Dan Schmucker, Rodger Titman, Maria Waldron

Notes:  Spring has arrived!  We close this week amidst wonderfully warm temperatures, snow-melting sunshine, and a much higher species count than last year at this time (36).  Though we’re still a few species short of 2007’s total at this time (54), we’re sure the wonderful weather will do a good job of sending our feathered friends north to MBO.  The spring sentinels (Red-winged Blackbird and Song Sparrow) are increasing in number on site, and are singing like crazy.  We’ve also begun hearing the occasional frog as well, a sure sign that things are warming up. 

This year, thanks to this winter’s naer-record snowfall, the ponds are the highest they’ve been in recent memory.  This will no doubt attract many different species, some of which we may not yet have had at MBO.  It will also likely increase the number of ducks around, which will hopefully help us out when it comes to banding them, a new little side project for MBO.  In the meantime, keep those eyes and ears peeled for the 192nd and 193rd species!

This week's top 10 [last week's rank in brackets]

# individuals banded

mean # individuals observed daily

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1.  Canada Goose (439.6) [1]

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2.  Greater Snow Goose (162.1) [3]

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3.  Red-winged Blackbird (39.6) [2]

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4.  Ring-billed Gull (19.4) [8]

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5.  American Robin (16.3) [5]

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6.  American Crow (14.3) [4]

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7.  Song Sparrow (13.0) [6]

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8.  Mallard (8.0) [-]

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9.  Black-capped Chickadee (7.6) [7]

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10.  Slate-colored Junco (4.9) [-]


April 16 - MBO volunteer Brian Bell crosses over the front fence at MBO.  This is the first time since MBO was launched in 2004 that we have had snow this late into spring, let alone this much of it.  (Photo by Barbara Frei).

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