SWAT END YEAR REPORT
Song Sparrow (most captured species)
I have finally gone through all of my 2007 SWAT MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) raw data this week. It has been hard trying to focus on this report with “other” new higher speed internet distractions that I have been having recently. Regarding the SWAT report: we had 6 banding sessions and able to capture a total of 164 different individuals with 34 same year recaptures. We used 8 (12 meter) polyester mist-nets and banded for 6 hours after the official sunrise time. That gave us a total of 198 captures for the station and we were very happy with the excellent year that we had. Even with the need to close the station early due to the Long-tailed Weasel that terrorizing us. We are not sure what we will do with next season (regarding the weasel) but we have all winter to figure something out.
Some Simple Graphs of Species Captured for 2007
We happy captured 32 different species of birds at the station and it was wonderful to have a new variety of birds from what we normally get at the other station. Top four species included (36) Song Sparrows, (24) Gray Catbirds, (13) American Redstarts and (10) Common Yellowthroats. Some unexpected high capture rates included (9) Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, (7) Magnolia Warblers, (7) Swamp Sparrows and (7) Downy Woodpeckers. This site really appeared to be an excellent woodpecker location.
First Bird Captured at the Station
I would like to thank the NYS Office of Parks here in Allegany State Park for allowing me to set up this banding station on park property. Additional thanks to the numerous volunteers, families, parents and kids who have come out in the very early mornings to assist with the banding. It’s your help with carrying bags, excitement with each bird (including song sparrow), etc. . . . that keeps us extra motivated. We have great local support from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Jamestown Audubon in spreading the word about bird conservation with our studies. I have to give an extra huge THANKS to all of my field assistants like Young Naturalist J, C, E and H for their help with their many jobs that I give them. These guys treat this banding as if it was their job and without a doubt you guys will be our future scientist protecting our birdies from the many dumb things we do to the planet! Also to the Parents of these Young Naturalist who without a doubt enjoys the banding as much as the kids do! THANKS for taking those extra steps in allowing me to pass my bad habits on (like smelling a woodpeckers head) to the new generation of banders emerging here!
Red-eyed Vireo saying “see everyone next year”
Use this link SWAT MAPS to look back at my tags for post relating to the SWAT banding sessions. I will work on the CLDC MAPS report this weekend.