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This morning it was rather dismal (weather-wise) as we banded birds from 7 AM until 10 AM on the campus of Missouri Western State University, Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA. The temperature was 45 degrees F. and a north wind was blowing 5-10 miles per hour and it was misty. We discontinued banding because the mist became a light rain and we did not wish to traumatize the birds by catching them in wet nets.

However, it was one of the best days we have ever had banding birds. We totalled 59 birds (and there were some which bumped into the net and bounced back out. And some escaped our cold and numbing hands as we were processing them). Therefore the number of birds actually encountered during the morning was considerably higher than the 59 actually banded.

Species List of Birds Banded:

Marsh Wren - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 3
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
Nashville Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 10
Eastern Towhee - 1
Song Sparrow - 17
Lincoln's Sparrow - 4
White-throated Sparrow - 5
Swamp Sparrow - 14
Indigo Bunting - 1
   
  Banders: Jack Hilsabeck, John Rushin and Larry Lade
   
  * Only one recaptured bird:
  Downy Woodpecker

 		
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