Craven Migrants

Once the MAPS season is finished, I focus attention on banding migrants. Although 11 nets are typically used, the actual number of nets that are opened depend on the number of helpers present on a given day. The site attracts a wide diversity of species and appears to be an important stopover for species like Orange-crowned and Tennessee warblers. Adults of the the latter species stay on site for several days and complete their pre-basic moult (see below). Click here for a summary of the 2005 and 2006 fall banding results.

Orange-crowned Warbler undergoing body and wing moult on August 20, 2006.

Wing moult details of OCWA

OCWA are believed to be migrants in the Qu'Appelle Valley. However, the initial stages of the preformative moult and its fleshy gape suggests this young bird may not have travelled far prior to its capture on August 20, 2006.

Note also the loosely textured juvenal undertail coverts.

Tennessee Warbler undergoing body and wing moult on August 1, 2005.

Wing moult details of TEWA

Ovenbird HY (September 8, 2006)

Black-throated Blue Warbler HY male (September 5, 2006)

Blackpoll Warbler HY (August 20, 2005)

Magnolia Warbler HY (August 16, 2006)

Blackburnian Warbler HY (August 16, 2005)

Cape May Warbler HY (August 16, 2005)

Golden-crowned Kinglet HY (September 29, 2005)

Mourning Warbler AHY (August 23, 2005)

Chestnut-sided Warbler HY (August 23, 2005)

Lincoln Sparrow SY with partial leg (May 13, 2006)

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