Most commonly banded birds

1992-2013 (34,701 birds banded)


SpeciesNumberPercent of total
1. American Robin416512.0%
2. Gray Catbird360910.4
3. American Goldfinch26277.6
4. White-throated Sparrow20425.9
5. Swainson’s Thrush16174.7
6. Song Sparrow13703.4
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler12233.5
8. Hermit Thrush10613.1
9. Magnolia Warbler9552.8
10. Nashville Warbler8752.5

The composition of this list has remained pretty much static all these years. In fall 2009, American Robin surpassed Gray Catbird, unseating the catbird as the most common species for the first time since we started banding on campus. In fall 2008, Nashville Warbler inched out White-crowned Sparrow for 10th place.

Species by season, 1992-2012


SPRING*FALL
SpeciesBirds per 100 net hours**SpeciesBirds per 100 net hours
Gray Catbird2.67American Robin5.75
American Goldfinch2.43Gray Catbird4.02
White-throated Sparrow1.79American Goldfinch2.73
Yellow-rumped Warbler1.53White-throated Sparrow2.16
White-crowned Sparrow0.98Swainson’s Thrush2.03
Yellow Warbler0.84Song Sparrow1.68
Swamp Sparrow0.81Hermit Thrush1.41
Magnolia Warbler0.80Yellow-rumped Warbler1.10
Common Yellowthroat0.80Magnolia Warbler1.02
Nashville Warbler0.75Nashville Warbler0.94

*Spring banding largely discontinued after 2007.
**In order to compare different locations or years that may operate the same number of hours but with more or fewer nets, capture rate is calculated by “net-hours.” One net hour is one 12-meter net open one hour, or two 6-meter nets open one hour, etc.  This rate is often expressed per 100 net-hours for more manageable numbers.

Please note:  All data is provisional and not to be cited without permission.

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