MIGRATION SUMMARY FOR OCTOBER 31st

 - NOVEMBER 6th, 2008

 

Pelee Island Bird Observatory (PIBO)

 

Although mild weather and southerly winds made for a fairly quiet time at the Point, a nice variety of migrants continued to filter through the area, with 67 species tallied during the summary period. Highlights this week included the first Tundra Swans of the Fall observed on November 1st, a very late Tennessee Warbler banded on the 2nd, 5 Northern Saw-whet Owls banded on the 4th, and a station-high 190 Horned Grebes recorded on census on November 5th.

 

Blackbirds and other diurnal migrants were active, with more than 2000 Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles noted on November 2nd and 6th, along with smaller groups of Eastern Bluebird, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing and Pine Siskin, among others. Nine sparrow species were counted this week, American Crows were active, with 180 birds noted on the 1st, and a small influx of Purple Finches included 5 banded birds on the 1st.      

 

A total of 67 species was recorded at the Point during the official count period compared to 60 last week and there were two 'firsts', which brings the Fall species total to 165. In all, 61 birds were banded along with seven recaptures in 155 net-hours, for an average catch-rate of .44 birds/net-hour.

 

Hermit Thrush photo - Claire Sanders

 

PIBO's next summary will be posted on November 15th.             

 

Birds documented at Fish Point by PIBO staff from October 30th - November 6th, 2008

 

Date

Oct/Nov

31

1

2

3

4

5

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Loon

 

 

 

 

1

2

 

Horned Grebe

8

40

15

6

27

190

35

Double-crested Cormorant

1

6

1

7

222

 

 

Great Blue Heron

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

Turkey Vulture

 

 

2

 

 

 

2

Tundra Swan

 

5

 

 

 

 

Canada Goose

60

39

40

 

4

2

50

American Black Duck

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

Mallard

 

 

 

13

2

 

 

4

Scaup spp.

 

 

9

15

5

 

33

 

Bufflehead

 

32

21

1

17

6

36

41

Common Goldeneye

 

 

2

 

1

6

1

Red-breasted Merganser

30

17

33

45

64

28

32

Bald Eagle

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Sharp-shinned Hawk

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

Red-tailed Hawk

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ring-necked Pheasant

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Turkey

 

3

8

11

 

 

2

 

Killdeer

 

2

5

 

 

3

4

2

Bonaparte's Gull

4

6

22

18

7

14

4

Ring-billed Gull

6

9

12

3

4

2

1

Herring Gull

 

4

2

2

7

1

 

1

Great Black-backed Gull

16

12

17

9

 

 

2

Mourning Dove

2

3

 

6

5

5

3

Red-bellied Woodpecker

2

3

1

 

 

2

3

Downy Woodpecker

3

7

2

 

2

4

3

Northern Flicker

3

8

1

 

5

8

6

Eastern Phoebe

1

 

1

 

 

 

1

Blue Jay

 

2

13

3

 

 

2

7

American Crow

 

150

88

 

 

1

 

Horned Lark

 

 

1

 

 

 

2

4

Black-capped Chickadee

12

 

7

1

5

5

14

Red-breasted Nuthatch

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Brown Creeper

6

 

6

1

 

2

4

Carolina Wren

3

3

1

 

1

3

5

Winter Wren

 

 

1

3

1

1

2

2

Golden-crowned Kinglet

10

20

29

3

11

12

42

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

1

 

 

 

6

2

1

Eastern Bluebird

 

 

 

 

 

14

3

American Robin

2

30

 

 

4

8

21

Hermit Thrush

3

4

2

 

 

 

 

European Starling

805

20

141

 

145

254

486

American Pipit

1

7

5

8

2

6

7

Cedar Waxwing

20

9

15

 

8

28

48

Orange-crowned Warbler

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Tennessee Warbler

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler

11

6

1

 

 

1

2

Northern Cardinal

 

1

 

 

1

2

5

Eastern Towhee

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Tree Sparrow

 

 

5

1

 

 

 

Field Sparrow

 

3

 

 

 

 

1

Savannah Sparrow

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

White-throated Sparrow

8

3

1

 

 

 

 

White-crowned Sparrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Fox Sparrow

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Song Sparrow

1

7

6

1

 

1

1

Dark-eyed Junco

 

7

35

12

28

4

41

Snow Bunting

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

Brown-headed Cowbird

 

 

20

 

 

2

18

Red-winged Blackbird

 

1.3K

1.1K

 

110

170

600

Rusty Blackbird

4

 

27

 

25

55

15

Common Grackle

 

79

1.2K

 

740

250

2K

Purple Finch

 

 

8

1

 

1

26

3

House Finch

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

Pine Siskin

 

 

 

4

 

 

18

8

American Goldfinch

7

17

5

4

18

64

96

House Sparrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day

 

37

40

46

21

30

42

47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2008

 

163

164

165

165

165

165

165

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This period

67

 

Previous period

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct/Nov

 

31

1

2

3

4

5

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather- 1 hr. after sunrise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wind direction/strength1

SW4

ENE2

ESE5

S4

SW1

SE1

SE1

Visibility (km)

20

25

20

8

9

6

10

Cloud cover (0-10)

0

10

3

10

5

0

1

Temperature (o C)

10

9

10

12

10

14

14

Precipitation

 

 

 

 

RAIN

 

 

 

1 Beaufort scale