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Atlantic Flyway review: Region IV Piedmont-Coastal Plain, Fall 2007: Robbins Nest, Laurel, MD (390-0765)

North American Bird Bander

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Abstract

After a gap of two years I resumed banding at this suburban fall-line station on the Patuxent River, my 33rd fall banding season on our two-acre wooded lot. I banded three mornings per week, trying to keep the same schedule as the Patuxent powerline station five miles downstream. I used half as many nets as they did and captured only 15% as many birds. Their location in a large undeveloped area combined with their managed shrub habitat probably accounted for most of the difference. The powerline station favored warblers and kinglets; I did better on cardinals and thrushes.

I have witnessed a continuing decline in warblers. In 1997 and 1998 I was still getting four species of warblers among my top ten, and then two or three warbler species through 2004; 2007 was my first year with no warblers among my top ten species.

My oldest recapture was a 1 0-year-old Gray Catbird (8051-36905) banded as an AHY on 18 Aug 1998.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Atlantic Flyway review: Region IV Piedmont-Coastal Plain, Fall 2007: Robbins Nest, Laurel, MD (390-0765)
Series title:
North American Bird Bander
Volume:
33
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Publisher:
Western, Inland, and Eastern Bird Banding Associations
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
1 p.
First page:
141
Last page:
141
Country:
United States
State:
Maryland
County:
Prince George's County
City:
Laurel