Results from Fall Songbird Banding

January 10, 2010
A Black-billed Cuckoo, banded at the Keene State College Wildlife Management Area in 2009.

This fall, graduate students from Antioch University New England partnered with AVEO staff and volunteers for the third year of fall migration songbird banding in Keene. The 2009 season marked our most comprehensive banding effort to date, with 22 banding sessions and nearly 800 net hours.

During this time, we netted 511 birds of 46 species at a rate of 0.66 birds per net hour. Of the total, 439 birds were newly banded, 62 were recaptured, and 10 were released unbanded. Gray Catbirds were netted most often, followed by Song Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Black-capped Chickadees, and Myrtle (yellow-rumped) Warblers. Thank you to all of the dedicated people who enjoyed banding birds with us!