Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Bird Banding - Fall 2014

IMG 4484 smWGLBBO's banding station was in operation throughout autumn 2014, and is due to commence in late April 2015 for the spring season.  Stephanie Beilke (UW-Green Bay) is the chief bander. A total of 443 birds were banded at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, representing 50 species. The top six bird species banded in terms of total numbers of individuals were White-throated Sparrow (56), Yellow-rumped “Myrtle” Warbler (43), Dark-eyed “Slate-colored” Junco (34), American Redstart (29), Hermit Thrush (25), and Black-capped Chickadee (25).

The most unique capture was a Western Wood-Pewee, a vagrant from the western United States, banded on 10/9/2014. This observation was reported to the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology Records Committee, and documentation for this species was also added to our eBird checklist for October 9th. If this record is accepted, it will be only the third individual of this species ever recorded in Wisconsin.