Journal archives for September 2022

September 09, 2022

Eastern Wood-Pewee note

Eastern Wood-Pewee. Note the tiny little legs, thin scaly pattern to the wingbars, dark dingy breast, and grayish (not yellow) plumage.

Posted on September 09, 2022 02:47 PM by amybirder amybirder | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Eggshell found

Yesterday, September 8, 2022, I found an eggshell half from a hatched egg on the Ponderosa trail by the condo stand. It was white and obviously had hatched. Bit late in the year. After looking at our reference books, I think it might have been from a Mourning Dove as they can nest late in the season and it was about the right size and color. It was still unusual to find a fresh eggshell like that.

Posted on September 09, 2022 02:52 PM by amybirder amybirder | 0 comments | Leave a comment

September 25, 2022

Bird age codes

Age (Year Class) Codes
NUMERIC CODE - ALPHA CODE - ALPHA TRANSLATION - DESCRIPTION
0 - U - Unknown - A bird that cannot be placed in any classes below . Except in cases where data were not recorded or have been lost during the nesting season, ONLY BIRDS BANDED AFTER THE BREEDING SEASON AND BEFORE JANUARY 1 CAN BE CORRECTLY CODED U.

1 AHY After Hatching Year A bird known to have hatched before the calendar year of banding; year of hatch otherwise unknown. Example: Banded 1997 - Hatched before January 1, 1997. Birds that would have been coded U on December 31 graduate to class AHY on January 1.

2 HY Hatching Year A bird capable of sustained flight and known to have hatched during the calendar year in which it was banded. Example: Banded 1997 - Hatched 1997.

3 J Juvenile OBSOLETE, old code used for nestling or recent fledgling, probably mostly translatable to age L but can not be certain. Code still exists in database with old records.

4 L Local A nestling or young bird incapable of sustained flight. After a young bird achieves sustained flight it becomes age HY until December 31

5 SY Second Year A bird known to have hatched in the calendar year preceding the year of banding and in its second calendar year of life. Example: Banded 1997 - Hatched 1996.

6 ASY After Second Year A bird known to have hatched earlier than the calendar year preceeding the year of banding; year of hatch otherwise unknown. Example: Banded 1997 - Hatched 1995 or earlier.

7 TY Third Year A bird known to have hatched in the calendar year two years prior to the year of banding, now in its third calendar year of life. Example: Banded 1997 - Hatched 1995.

8 ATY After Third Year A bird known to have hatched prior to two years prior to the year of banding, now in at least its fourth calendar year of life. Example: Banded 1997 - Hatched 1994 or earlier.

Posted on September 25, 2022 09:00 PM by amybirder amybirder | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Fall Warbler Migration at Cedar Island, NC

In 2019, I observed a mixed flock of migrating warblers on the trail through the Cedar Island Wildlife Refuge.

There had been a cold front that moved through on Oct 13
Oct 14 through 18 there were large numbers of warblers on the refuge (see eBird lists for those days).

Conditions for observing warblers on the Cedar Island refuge appear to be that it is mid-October and a cold front has pushed the birds south to the refuge. I went to the refuge in more recent years but didn't have the same conditions and didn't observe the same diversity in warblers. Will keep trying.

Posted on September 25, 2022 09:07 PM by amybirder amybirder | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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