We have a new number one species at the Cape Florida Banding Station this year….Gray catbird. They edged out our usual top species, Black-throated blue warbler, 358 to 324. Our previous catbird high count was 287 in 2011. This particular catbird was originally banded on April 11, 2007 as an adult, so it is at least eight years old. Interestingly, we have not recaptured this bird in the intervening years.
Love to the catbird! He has given some love back on Marty’s shirt.
Our final species for the year is this one Myrtle warbler, the eastern race of Yellow-rumped warbler. These are very common in the winter and at every other banding station along the Atlantic coast, but they take a long time to work their way down into deep south Florida in any substantial numbers. We were closed for three days this week due to strong winds, and we missed an opportunity to band a few more of these. The woods are now quiet as the neotropical migration seems to have finished for the year. Time to think about Thanksgiving and Christmas bird counts!
The crew on Thursday with the Myrtle warbler. Left to right: Marc, Miriam, Jim, Michelle, Liz, Michi, Michael, David.
Some pics from over the season: Mike giving a redstart some love.
This redstart is in no hurry to leave Lindsey’s hand.
Liz grinning about something.
Marty and Eliana are all smiles with a Sharp-shinned hawk.
We would love to thank all of our volunteers in 2013, new and returning. This was a fabulous season! We will be back in August 2014.
Season total: 2128 birds of 61 species
Gray Catbird- 358
Black-throated blue warbler- 324
American redstart- 182
Worm-eating warbler- 138
Common yellowthroat- 126
Black-and-white warbler- 115
Northern waterthrush- 84
Western palm warbler- 72
Northern parula- 52
We’re outta here!
Bye, and have a safe trip!