McChord AFB, Period 7: 3 July, 2009

Banders: Daniel Froehlich (driver), Brett Wolfe, Ben Johnson, Tayler Brooks

The birds kept us busy all day on July 3rd, with the highest number of captures yet, one more than the first day. It was our first sunny day, though it only started getting hot only after we closed the nets. The most unusual captures were the third-year male Downy Woodpecker with a classic juvie (salt & pepper crown with slow primary molt and no molting primary coverts). Interesting were continued high capture numbers for Swainson’s Thrush (making up for Period 4), exceptionally low MacGillivray’s numbers, and a sudden flush of juveniles. The juvie Bewicks’ Wren proved a good test for skulling and juvie identification. The single MGWA we caught turned out to be a within-year recap; the 9-year-old from last year has not yet shown up… In fact, within-year recaps dominated the recap scene: only 4 of 13 recaps were new for the year, including two yellowthroats from 2008 and a Spotted Towhee from 2006. It’s shaping up as a banner year for towhees this year, with 3 birds caught most visits.

Thanks to Tayler’s sharp ears, we added Purple Martin and Hutton’s Vireo to the Breeding Status List for the year.

Here’s what we caught:

Rufous hummer 1

Downy Woodpecker 1, 1 juv

Black-capped Chickadee 1

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1

Bewick’s Wren 1 juv

American Robin 2, 2 juv

Swainson’s Thrush 3, 4R

Orange-crowned Warbler 1, 1 juv, 2R

Yellow Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 1, 3 juv, 2R

MacGillivray’s Warbler 1R

Western Tanager 1

Spotted Towhee 1, 2R

Song Sparrow 1, 1 juv, 2R

Puget-Sound White-crowned Sparrow 3, 1R

Purple Finch 4

Total 45

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