Friday, November 11, 2016

Banding Totals for 2016

Hi All,

Well, this is it, my final tally for the 2016 banding season. This year we banded a total of 170 birds. Last year we caught 152. Not one of our better seasons but we did have much milder weather.

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 75 individuals and 8 organized groups containing 65 people. A total of 140 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-seventh year in a row.

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

THANK YOU also goes to Greg Mikkelson for bringing up trailer loads 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 - 5
Immys 4  Males 1  Females 3
Adults 1   Males 1  Females 0

Kestrels - 6
Immys 6  Males 5  Females 1
Adults 0   Males 0  Females 0

Goshawks - 3
Immys 3  Males 3  Females 0
Adults 0   Males 0  Females 0

Cooper’s - 4
Immys 3  Males 3  Females 0
Adults 1   Males 0  Females 1

Sharp-shins - 134
Immys 97  Males 50  Females 47
Adults 37   Males 5  Females 32

Red-tails - 12
Immys 11  Males 5  Females 6
Adults 1   Males 1  Females 0

Rough-legs - 2
Immys 1  Males 0  Females 1
Adults 1   Males 0  Females 1

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

Harriers - 2
Immys 2  Males 0  Females 2
Adults 0  Males 0  Females 0

2016 Total Raptors 170

We didn't catch any previously banded birds this year.

We had a total of 40 bounce-outs. (15 more than last year)

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

This year was our 47th 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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