Atlantic Flyway review: Region IV - Fall 2003: Patuxent powerline right-of-way (390-0764)

North American Bird Bander



The station was operated on fewer days than usual in 2003, opening a bit later, closing a week early, and missing several good days in September through mid-October, when the manager/lead bander was conducting research on migrating birds in Lower Delmarva. As a result, capture totals for many species are not comparable to other years, and totals for several species, including House Wren, Northern Parula, Nashville Warbler, Blackthroated Green Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, American Redstart, Connecticut Warbler, and Common Yellowthroat, set record lows. Fifty-three birds banded in previous years were captured, all of species that either nest or. winter here. Included were a record high 16 Gray Catbirds, nine of which were hatching-year (HY) birds when banded. Six return Red-eyed Vireos were captured, again far fewer than during the station's first 20 years of operation; the oldest, an adult when banded in Aug 1998, was last captured in Aug 2000. Other highlights were captures of a Cerulean Warbler (HY male), a Marsh Wren, an American Tree Sparrow, and a Northern Saw-whet Owl with a meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius) in its talons.

Special thanks to Danny Bystrak, who operated the station on many mornings during my absence. Thanks also to Marty Barron, Murray Efford, Cecilia Leumas, Woody Martin, Diann Prosser, Mike Quinlan, Gemma Radko, Jack Saba, and John Sauer, who provided regular or occasional assistance. Sara Campbell, assistant of Dr. Peter Marra at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, collected blood samples from over 500 birds to test for exposure to West Nile Virus. Results are not yet available.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Atlantic Flyway review: Region IV - Fall 2003: Patuxent powerline right-of-way (390-0764)
Series title North American Bird Bander
Volume 29
Issue 3
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher Western, Inland, and Eastern Bird Banding Associations
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 2 p.
First page 126
Last page 127
Country United States
State Maryland
County Prince George's County
City Laurel
Other Geospatial Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
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