We processed 281 birds of 19 species in June; 155 were newly banded, and 126 were recaptures. We opened our nets on 13 days, with our volunteers donating 284 hours of their time.
In June, we captured 3 new species for 2014: Ash-throated Flycatcher, Spotted Towhee, and White-breasted Nuthatch. All three species are common breeders in Santa Clara County, but not at CCFS. We generally catch 1-2 Ash-throated Flycatchers each year, usually in late summer (likely post-breeding dispersal). Spotted Towhees are historically more common than Ash-throated Flycatchers, but in recent years have not been caught frequently (only 3 individuals in the past 5 years). White-breasted Nuthatches, while occasionally seen at CCFS, have never been caught there before! This is the second new species for CCFS in two years; last year we added Hairy Woodpecker to our species list. Prior to that, the last new species we added was in 2002!
Our most common June captures were Song Sparrow (68), Common Yellowthroat (48), Bewick’s Wren (42), Bushtit (37), and House Finch (20). We caught only a single individual of the following species: Ash-throated Flycatcher, Lazuli Bunting, Orange-crowned Warbler, Spotted Towhee, and White-breasted Nuthatch.