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Data and Migrations

FBBO Recovery Map

Click around the map below to discover where some of our birds have traveled!

Since its initiation in 1998, Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory has seen over 200 of its birds subsequently encountered after their initial banding; as far north as Newfoundland and a far south as Ecuador! Encounters occur either through trapping a live bird by another banding operation or, most often, recovering a band from a dead bird. If you happen to find a bird with a band on it, be sure to report it to reportband.gov. Who knows, it may make it onto the map below!

Banding Data 2020

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Species, ordered by AOU# Winter Spring Summer 8/1-8/7 8/8-8/14 8/15-8/21 8/22-8/28 8/29-9/4 9/5-9/11 9/12-9/18 Year-to-Date Species   (In order of AOU number)
Days of Banding 12 84 20 7 7 6 6 7 7 7 163  
Common Merganser                       Common Merganser 
Great Blue Heron                       Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron                       Little Blue Heron
Green Heron   2       1         3 Green Heron
American Woodcock   1                  1 American Woodcock
Least Sandpiper     4           3 4 11 Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper                       Semipalmated Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs                       Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs                   1 1 Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper   3             7 10 20 Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper   11     1       1   13 Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Plover                       Semipalmated Plover
Northern Bobwhite   2 1 1       1      5 Northern Bobwhite
Wild Turkey                       Wild Turkey
Mourning Dove   27   1   1 3 2 6 4  44 Mourning Dove
Turkey Vulture                       Turkey Vulture
No. Harrier                       No. Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk                       Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk   2                  2 Cooper’s Hawk
 American Kestrel   1                  1 American Kestrel
Osprey     5               5 Osprey
Red-tailed Hawk                       Red-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk                        Red-shouldered Hawk
Barred Owl                       Barred Owl
N. Saw-whet Owl                       N. Saw-whet Owl
E. Screech-owl   1   2     1        4 E. Screech-Owl
Yellow-billed Cuckoo               3 1 2 6 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo                 1   1 Black-billed Cuckoo
Belted Kingfisher   2 1 1   2          6 Belted Kingfisher
Hairy Woodpecker   4 1             1  6 Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker   3 10 1     3   1 1  19 Downy Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   1                  1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker                       Pileated Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker                       Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 9 3           2 1 17 Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker   1 1               2 Yellow-shafted Flicker
“intergrade” Flicker                       “intergrade” Flicker
E. Whip-poor-will                 1   1 E. Whip-poor-will
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   26 3 7 6 6 2 13 19 12 94 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Eastern Kingbird   3 2         7 5   17 Eastern Kingbird
Great-crested Flycatcher   5 8   6   2 2 2 1 26 Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe   14                  14 Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood-pewee   9 2 7 5 13 20 14 23 24 117 Eastern Wood-pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher             3   4 2 9 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher   2 11 1 1 1 1 1 6 3 27 Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher                       Willow Flycatcher
“Traills” Flycatcher   20 4 5 18 20 33 22 27 27 176 “Traills” Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher   2       1 3 4 4   14 Least Flycatcher
Blue Jay 13 81 1 4   1 2 3 1   106 Blue Jay
Fish Crow                       Fish Crow
European Starling   1                  1 European Starling
Bobolink                 12 10 22 Bobolink
Brown-headed Cowbird 105 111 6 1     9 6 1   239 Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird 76 351 10   1 1         442 Red-winged Blackbird
Orchard Oriole   18 6 1             25 Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole   22 1 2     4 2   1 32 Baltimore Oriole
Rusty Blackbird                       Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle 2 80 1               83 Common Grackle
“Bronzed” Grackle 8 7                 15 “Bronzed” Grackle
Evening Grosbeak                        Evening Grosbeak
Purple Finch 3 1                 4 Purple Finch
House Finch 20 29                 49 House Finch
American Goldfinch 11 253 5       2 4 1 3 279 American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin                       Pine Siskin
Vesper Sparrow                       Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow   9                  9 Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow   2 1 1     3 1   2 10 Grasshopper Sparrow
Eastern White-crowned Sparrow 48 8                 56 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
Gambel’s White-crowned Sparrow                       Gambel’s White-crowned Sparrow
Lark Sparrow                       Lark Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow 52 598                 653 White-throated Sparrow
Zono. Hybrid                       Zono. Hybrid
American Tree Sparrow                       American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow   21           3 1    25 Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow                        Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow 5 59 9 5 2 2 2 5 3 9 102 Field Sparrow
Slate-colored Junco 3 24                 27 Slate-colored Junco
“Oregon” Junco                       “Oregon” Junco
Song Sparrow 14 96     2   1 2   1 116 Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow   5                 5 Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow   204                  204 Swamp Sparrow
Fox Sparrow 4 15                 19 Fox Sparrow
Eastern Towhee 1 15 4 2 2 1         25 Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal 23 96 49 17 9 19 9 19 21 10 272 Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak   2                 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak   12 1 1 4 7 17 13 11 7 73 Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting   67 12 6 14 29 26 55 19 47 275 Indigo Bunting
Painted  Bunting                       Painted Bunting
Scarlet Tanager   1               1 2 Scarlet Tanager
Summer Tanager                   1 1 Summer Tanager
Purple Martin     181               181 Purple Martin
Cliff Swallow                       Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow   32 49 22 7     1     111 Barn Swallow
Hybird Swallow                       Hybrid Swallow
Tree Swallow   38 114         1      153 Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow                       Bank Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow   4 2 2 1 5 8 7 15 24 68 N. Rough-winged Swallow
Cedar Waxwing   16 8               24 Cedar Waxwing
Northern Shrike                       Northern Shrike
Red-eyed Vireo   23 3 4 1 3 21 33 47 67 202 Red-eyed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo                       Philadelphia Vireo
Warbling Vireo   1 1 1 1   1 4 1   10 Warbling Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo                       Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo   1                 1 Blue-headed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo   11 9 3       1 2 3 29 White-eyed Vireo
Black-and-white Warbler   22 1   1 9 8 7 8 19 75 Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler   1                 1 Prothonotary Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler   1 1     1   1 1   5 Worm-eating Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler   3 2       3       8 Blue-winged Warbler
Brewster’s Warbler                 1   1 Brewster’s Warbler
Lawrence’s Warbler                       Lawrence’s Warbler
Blue-winged x Golden-winged                       Blue-winged x Golden-winged
Golden-winged Warbler                       Golden-winged Warbler
Nashville Warbler   2             2 1 5 Nashville Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler                       Orange-crowned Warbler
Tennessee Warbler   1         1 2 10 1 15 Tennessee Warbler
Northern Parula               1 3 6 25 Northern Parula
Cape May Warbler               2   2 4 Cape May Warbler
Yellow Warbler   14 5 2 5       3   29 Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler   19         1 1 3 3 27 Black-throated Blue Warbler
B-throated Blue “cairnsii”                       B-throated Blue “cairnsii”
Yellow-rumped “Myrtle” Warbler   53                  53 Yellow-rumped “Myrtle” Warbler
Magnolia Warbler   30 1       6 5 15 23 80 Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler   1         3 3 9 1 17 Chestnut-sided Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler               1     1 Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler   6             1 2 9 Blackpoll Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler   1             1 1 3 Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler                       Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler                       Black-throated Green Warbler
Pine Warbler   5                  5 Pine Warbler
“Western” Palm Warbler   2               1 3 “Western” Palm Warbler
“Yellow” Palm Warbler   21                  21 “Yellow” Palm Warbler
Prairie Warbler   3 1       1     1 6 Prairie Warbler
Ovenbird   45 2 1 3 11 8 30 42 21 163 Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush   34 2 3 6 6 9 5 3 6 74 Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush   2       1         3 Louisiana Waterthrush
Kentucky Warbler   1 2   2 1         6 Kentucky Warbler
Connecticut Warbler                 1 2 3 Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler   4             2   6 Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat   596 68 16 15 35 22 60 70 116 998 Common Yellowthroat
Yellowthroat No. Plains                       Yellowthroat No. Plains
Yellow-breasted Chat   46 23 7 4 4 1 2 3 4 94 Yellow-breasted Chat
Hooded Warbler                       Hooded Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler   1                 1 Wilson’s Warbler
Canada Warbler   6       4 2 3 3 2 20 Canada Warbler
American Redstart    37   1 3 10 9 19 24 20 123 American Redstart
House Sparrow 1 2                 3 House Sparrow
Northern Mockingbird   6     2     5   8 21 Northern Mockingbird
Gray Catbird   485 58 21 17 18 9 12 38 63 721 Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher   36 5 1   2 5 9 10 10  78 Brown Thrasher
Carolina Wren   30 60 11 15 15 17 9 9 5  171 Carolina Wren
House Wren   19 2   2       9 8 40 House Wren
Winter Wren   8                  8 Winter Wren
Marsh Wren                       Marsh Wren
Brown Creeper 3                   3 Brown Creeper
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 4 1               6 White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 1                 3 Red-breasted Nuthatch
Tufted Titmouse 3 19 8 1 3 2 1 2   1 40 Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee 4 35 28 1 1   1 2 1 1 74 Carolina Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet   4                  4 Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 23                 24 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   3   1     1   1   6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush   17 32 8 10 1 7 6 7 8 96 Wood Thrush
Veery   30         3 15 33 17 98 Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush   5                 5 Gray-cheeked Thrush
Bicknell’s Thrush   1                 1 Bicknell’s Thrush
Gray-cheeked/ Bicknell’s Thrush   2                 2 Gray-cheeked/ Bicknell’s Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush   38           2 5 5 50 Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush 1 56                 57 Hermit Thrush
American Robin   27                  27 American Robin
Black-backed Robin                       Black-backed Robin
Eastern Bluebird   84 62 7 7 14          174 Eastern Bluebird
Weekly Totals 409 4,372 893 179 177 248 294 433 566 637 78,208  
Total Species/ forms= 124                        

 

 

Migration Timing

Below you will find timing of migration for birds captured at FBBO between 1999 and 2009. Weather patterns and banding effort (hours with nets open and number of nets) can have huge impacts on capture rates. Many birds breed and/or winter around the banding area, so when looking at the charts keep in mind that the large number of birds caught on August 1st aren’t necessarily migrants, but rather mostly are birds that bred and hatched around the station (e.g. Field Sparrows). Because we start fall banding August 1st we miss the start of migration for several species (e.g. Yellow Warblers and Empidonax flycatchers) as they start moving south in July.

Numbers used for the charts below are made up of new birds caught, repeats and returns. The charts below are modeled on those done by Braddock Bay Bird Observatory. Comparisons can be made between the timing of migration by birds at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory in New York and movements of birds here at FBBO.

Banding Charts