Sunday, November 15, 2015

Banding Totals for 2015

November 15th, 2015

Hi All,
Well, this is it, my final tally for the 2015 banding season. This year we banded a total of only152 birds. Last year we caught 202. Although we didn't catch as many as last year, we had good weather and good company every weekend of this season.

We get lots of birds visiting each year, but we also get a good number of relatives, friends, falconers, birders and students coming up to share in the fun. I did a tally again this year of individuals who were up enjoying our banding activities. I counted each person only once, even if they came up multiple times. We had 70 individuals and 5 organized groups containing 52 people. A total of 122 guests were able to have an exceptional hawk viewing experience up at our site this year!

I hope their visit inspires each of them to a greater appreciation for our feathered friends, the raptors, and to make donations to:
The Raptor Center (,
The National Eagle Center ( and
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory (
Please support the people who work to help the raptors in our state.

A very special THANK YOU goes to Mr. Mattson for letting us use his hay field for the forty-sixth year in a row.

Also a big THANK YOU goes to Tina Cisewski for supplying our lure birds this year.

THANK YOU also goes to Greg Mikkelson for bringing up a trailer load of firewood.

Last but not least, I really must say a BIG THANK YOU to every one of our banding crew who came up to do the banding again this year. What a great and dedicated team of regulars we have. Trudi Taylor, Rick DuPont, Chuck & Nancy Schotzko and Todd Rosengren: without your dedication and co-operation, we would not be able to do this thing we love so much, year after year.


Here it is, the final breakdown.

    Eagles - None
    Immys 0  Males 0  Females 0
    Adults 0   Males 0  Females 0

                            Peregrines - 1
                            Immys 1  Males 0  Females 1
                            Adults 0   Males 0  Females 0

                           Merlins - 15
                           Immys 14  Males 9  Females 5
                           Adults 1   Males 0  Females 1

                            Kestrels - 5
                            Immys 3  Males 1  Females 2
                            Adults 2   Males 2  Females 0

                             Goshawks - 2
                             Immys 2  Males 2  Females 0
                             Adults 0   Males 0  Females 0

                      Cooper’s - 2
                      Immys 2  Males 0  Females 2
                      Adults 0   Males 0  Females 0

                              Sharp-shins - 107
                              Immys 65  Males 25  Females 40
                              Adults 42   Males 16  Females 26

                  Red-tails - 18
                  Immys 10  Males 8  Females 2
                  Adults 8   Males 8  Females 0

                              Rough-legs - 1
                              Immys 1  Males 1  Females 0
                              Adults 0   Males 0  Females 0

    Broad-wings - 1
    Immys 1  Males 1  Females 0
    Adults 0   Males 0  Females 0

                  Harriers - None
                  Immys 0  Males 0  Females 0
                  Adults 0  Males 0  Females 0

2015 Total Raptors 152

We caught one banded bird this year, an adult male Red-tailed hawk.

We had a total of 25 bounce-outs. (18 less than last year)

Thanks for being such great friends and sharing an interest in our modest program!

This year was our 46th consecutive year of catching hawks in Mr. Mattson’s field.

We hope to see you all again next fall, and meanwhile keep your eyes on the skies!

Frank & Trudi Taylor

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