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Table #2:
61 BIRDS BANDED
AT HILTON POND &
RECOVERED/RECAPTURED
OUTSIDE YORK COUNTY,
SOUTH CAROLINA
(28 Jun 1982 through 3 Nov 2017)

House Finch, adult male

Male House Finch, Carpodacus mexicanus

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Of more than 66,700 birds banded since 1982 at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, only 61 had been reported through 23 Sep 2017 as encountered (found dead or recaptured & released) outside York County, South Carolina. This is an extremely low rate of not quite 0.06%. (We attribute our low numbers in part to the relative scarcity of banders and relatively low human population density in the southeastern U.S.)

By far the most commonly encountered species have been Purple Finches (18) and House Finches (17, male above)--not surprising since they are two of the three most commonly banded species at the Center.

On the table below, 18 birds highlighted in GREEN were retrapped and released by other banders (or hand-caught by other persons); those in BLACK were found dead; and four in RED were killed by cats. (We find this to be a high--and unacceptable--percentage of losses due to free-roaming felines. Note especially the two cat encounters in Quebec and Nova Scotia.)

NOTE: If you encounter a banded bird, please report it to the U.S. Bird Banding Laboratory. Your discovery may lead to our learning something new and important about bird migration, longevity, site fidelity, or general population dynamics.

AGE KEY

  • L = Local (bird hatched locally and was banded as nestling, or as recent fledgling incapable of sustained flight)
  • HY = Hatch Year (bird hatched in current year)
  • AHY = After Hatch Year (bird hatched in a previous but unknown year)
  • 2Y = Second Year (bird hatched in preceding year)
  • A2Y = After Second Year (bird hatched not in preceding year but sometime prior to that; follow same formula for A3Y, A4Y, etc.)
  • U = Unknown (bird's age could not be determined; usually used in fall when HY birds are indistinguishable from adults)

#

SPECIES

BAND
NUMBER

BANDING
DATE

AGE/
SEX

REMARKS/
AGE/SEX

LATER
DATE

ENCOUNTER
LOCATION

MILES/
KILOMETERS

1

Blue
Jay

1213-26509

12/21/82

HY-F

found dead
(4thY-F)

07/14/85

Salisbury,
NORTH CAROLINA

70 / 113

2

House
Finch

0980-32484

11/12/83

U-F

killed by cat five years after banding (A6Y-F)

07/06/88

High Point,
NORTH
CAROLINA

100 / 161

3

House
Finch

0980-32732

12/19/83

U-F

found dead
(AHY-F)

12/11/84

Oldwick,
NEW JERSEY

540 / 869

4

House
Finch

0980-32775

12/26/83

U-M

found dead
9 years
after
banding
(A9Y-M)

08/26/92

Annandale,
VIRGINIA

350 / 563

5

House
Finch

0980-32880

01/07/84

AHY-F

recaptured,
released (AHY-F)

03/25/84

Harrisonburg,
VIRGINIA

270 / 435

6

House
Finch

2000-76064

01/22/84

AHY-F

recaptured,
released (A2Y-F)

01/03/85

Adelphi P.O.,
MARYLAND

370 / 595

7

House
Finch

2000-76128

01/28/84

AHY-F

found dead
(A2Y-F)

04/19/85

Westover AFB, MASSACHUSETTS

690 / 1,110

8

Pine
Siskin

1640-53452

02/15/84

AHY-U

found dead
(A2Y-U)

01/18/85

Apsley,
ONTARIO

700 / 1,127

9

Common
Grackle

1423-89212

03/24/84

AHY-F

found dead
(A4Y-F)

01/09/87

Charlotte,
NORTH
CAROLINA

30 / 48

10

Pine
Siskin

1720-55702

12/15/85

U-U

found dead
(A3Y-U)

04/22/88

Pittsfield,
MASSACHUSETTS

670 / 1,078

11

House
Finch

2010-74222

12/23/85

U-M

found dead
(A2Y-M)

06/06/87

Annandale,
VIRGINIA

350 / 563

12

Yellow-
rumped
Warbler

1720-56741

11/02/86

HY-M

found dead (2Y-M)

04/00/87

Ambrose Lake,
ONTARIO

1,020 / 1,642

13

Purple
Finch

2051-13128

02/01/87

AHY-F

found dead (A6Y-F)

05/01/91

Strong,
MAINE

940 / 1,513

14

Purple
Finch

2051-13443

02/21/87

AHY-U

found dead (A2Y-U)

06/00/88

Chertsey,
QUEBEC

870 / 1,400

15

Purple
Finch

2051-13616

03/14/87

A2Y-M

found dead
(A2Y-M)

10/01/87

Corinth,
VERMONT

790 / 1,271

16

Pine
Siskin
(a)

1780-54344

04/12/87

AHY-U

recaptured, released (A2Y-U)

05/10/88

Duluth,
MINNESOTA

990 / 1,593

17

Hooded
Warbler

1780-54475

08/18/87

HY-M

netted, released
(2Y-M)

05/27/88

Chapel Hill,
NORTH
CAROLINA

140 / 225

18

Pine
Siskin
(a)

1780-54660

01/30/88

AHY-U

recaptured, released
(AHY-U)

05/10/88

Duluth,
MINNESOTA

990 / 1,593

19

Purple
Finch

2051-13286

02/14/88

AHY-U

found dead
(AHY-U)

04/26/88

Laona,
WISCONSIN

840 / 1,352

20

Purple
Finch

2051-14295

03/05/88

2Y-U

found dead
(4Y-U)

06/15/90

Lewisporte, NEWFOUNDLAND

1,660 / 2,672

21

House
Finch

2051-14889

12/08/89

U-M

found dead
(AHY-M)

04/05/90

Ellicott City,
MARYLAND

390 / 628

22

House
Finch

2051-14948

12/23/89

U-F

recaptured, released (AHY-F)

12/16/90

Watkinsville,
GEORGIA

130 / 209

23

White-
throated
Sparrow

1341-59572

04/15/90

AHY-U

killed by
cat two
weeks
after
banding
(AHY-U)

05/01/90

Lake à la Ligne,
QUEBEC,
CANADA

970 / 1,561

24

House
Finch

2091-20438

08/11/90

HY-U

found dead
(2Y-F)

01/09/91

Gastonia,
NORTH
CAROLINA

20 / 32

25

Pine
Siskin

1870-75824

01/07/91

AHY-U

hit
stationary
object,
released
(A2Y-U)

01/20/92

Schomberg,
ONTARIO

640 / 1,030

26

American
Goldfinch

1780-55679

01/13/91

AHY-F

found dead
(AHY-F)

06/24/91

Dryden,
NEW YORK

580 / 933

27

American
Goldfinch

1500-36162

03/17/91

A2Y-M

recaptured,
released
(A2Y-M)

04/29/91

Albion,
NEW YORK

650 / 1,046

28

House
Finch

2091-21777

08/26/91

HY-M

found dead
(2Y-M)

02/10/92

Forsyth,
GEORGIA

230 / 370

29

Ruby-
throated
Hummingbird
(b)

7000-54512

09/26/91

HY-M

recaptured,
released
(HY-M)

10/06/91

Loganville,
GEORGIA

260 / 418

30

Sharp-
shinned
Hawk

1373-84207

01/24/92

2Y-F

recaptured,
released
(3Y-F)

04/19/93

Port Huron,
MICHIGAN

570 / 917

31

American
Robin

0902-80898

02/07/92

AHY-U

found dead
(AHY-U)

04/04/92

Pittsford,
NEW YORK

600 / 966

32

House
Finch

2111-87820

08/21/92

2Y-U

found dead
hit stationary object
(4Y-U)

01/11/94

Lewisville,
NORTH
CAROLINA

90 / 145

33

House
Finch

2141-66217

12/18/93

U-M

killed by
cat
(AHY-M)

05/10/94

Concord,
NORTH
CAROLINA

50 / 80

34

Purple
Finch

2141-66631

02/10/94

AHY-U

?

?

?

?

35

Purple
Finch

2141-66854

03/10/94

AHY-U

found dead
hit stationary object
(AHY-U)

05/01/94

West Dover,
VERMONT

710 / 1,143

36

Chipping
Sparrow

1960-80446

04/04/94

AHY-U

recaptured,
released
(A2Y-U)

01/15/95

Gainesville,
FLORIDA

370 / 595

37

Purple
Finch

2161-57846

01/19/97

A2Y-M

?

?

?

?

38

Purple
Finch

2161-58717

03/24/98

AHY-U

found dead
(AHY-U)

06/10/98

Caraquet,
NEW
BRUNSWICK

1,266 / 2,037

39

Ruby-
throated
Hummingbird

7000-T86632

10/03/00

HY-F

recaptured,
released
(HY-F)

10/20/00

Robertsdale,
ALABAMA

485 / 781

40

Sharp-
shinned
Hawk

0912-88322

10/24/94

HY-M

found dead
(6Y-M)

09/??/99

Bridgeport,
WEST VIRGINIA

305 / 490

41

American
Robin
 

0902-80517

08/09/95

HY-U

found dead
(6Y-U)

05/29/00

Charlotte,
NORTH
CAROLINA

30 / 48

42

Purple
Finch

2161-58316

03/13/98

AHY-U

stunned
by hitting stationary object;
released
(A5Y-U)

05/20/02

St. Vianney,
QUEBEC

1,173 / 1,888

43

House
Finch

1571-51472

12/15/01

U-M

recaptured,
released
(A2Y-M)

05/23/03

Iron Station,
NORTH CAROLINA

27 / 43

44

Purple
Finch

1571-50273

01/29/00

AHY-U

caught by hand,
released
(A3Y-U)

06/26/02

Plevna,
ONTARIO

718 / 1,155

45

Rufous
Hummingbird
(c)

7000-Y14779

11/20/01

HY-F

recaptured,
released
(2Y-F)

11/29/02

Columbus,
OHIO

358 / 575

46
American
Goldfinch
2250-54405
02/09/02
A2Y-M
found dead
(A4Y-M)
06/24/04
Shortsville,
NEW YORK
594 / 955
47
Purple
Finch
(f)
1791-79378
12/28/03
HY-U
found dead
on highway
(10Y-U)
06/03/12
Framingham, MASSACHUSETTS
731 / 1,176
48
Purple
Finch
1791-79536
01/09/04
AHY-U
found dead
(A2Y-U)
04/26/05
Lewis,
NEW YORK
759 / 1,221
49
Purple
Finch
1791-79803
01/26/04
AHY-U
found dead
(A2Y-U)
05/16/05
St. Donat,
QUEBEC
864 / 1,390
50
1811-40283
02/13/04
AHY-U
killed by
cat
(AHY-U)
06/09/04
Monastery,
NOVA SCOTIA
1,275 / 2,050
51
American
Goldfinch
2270-65988
12/11/04
HY-F
found dead
(2Y-F)
09/02/05
Rumford,
MAINE
869 / 1,398
52
Ruby-
throated
Hummingbird
3000-16012
09/17/06
HY-M
found dead
(HY-M)
10/01/06
Thomaston,
ALABAMA
413 / 665
53
Purple
Finch
2201-77287
02/10/06
AHY-U
killed
by hitting stationary object
(AHY-U)
05/20/06
Shippagan,
NEW
BRUNSWICK
1,223 / 1,968
54
White-throated
Sparrow
2281-11012
12/07/06
HY-
U
killed
by hitting stationary object
(8Y-U)
11/10/13
University of Quebec,
MONTREAL
822 / 1,323
55
3000-16183
09/01/07
AHY-M
killed
by hitting window
(ASY-M)
05/31/08
Mystic,
CONNECTICUT
669 / 1,076
56
American
Goldfinch
(e)
2510-94792
01/21/09
2Y-M
recaptured,
released
(2Y-F)
03/10/10
Chestertown,
MARYLAND
408 / 656
57
Purple
Finch
2281-11928
03/29/10
AHY-U
injured & rehabbed
(A3Y-U)
04/27/12
McKean,
PENNSYLVANIA
487 / 783
58
House
Finch
2541-28317
12/30/10
U-M
found dead
(AHY-M)
05/24/11
Belmont,
NORTH CAROLINA
21 / 33
59
Purple
Finch
2541-28448
01/25/11
AHY-U
found dead
(AHY-U)
05/22/11
Kouchibouguac,
NEW BRUNSWICK
1,197 / 1,942
60
American
Goldfinch
(e)
2590-94792
04/19/11
2Y-F
recaptured,
released
(2Y-F)
05/22/11
Chestertown,
MARYLAND
408 / 656
61
House
Finch
2541-28872
01/20/12
AHY-F
found dead
(AHY-F)
04/20/12
Fort Lawn,
SOUTH
CAROLINA
28 / 45

a. These two Pine Siskins, banded a year apart at Hilton Pond Center, were recaptured an hour apart by Dennis Meyer in Duluth MN.

b. This was the first Ruby-throated Hummingbird in history to be recaptured and released more than 10 miles from its original banding site. It was retrapped by bander Bob Sargent after a color-marked RTHU was reported to him by an Atlanta-area homeowner.

c. This vagrant Rufous Hummingbird was banded late in the fall of 2002 in York SC and recaptured even further north in Ohio almost exactly a year later by Allen Chartier.

d. This Ruby-throated Hummingbird from Hilton Pond was found by Lisa Hylton, a non-relative who spells her name differently. It is the only RTHU from the Center that was banded as a southbound migrant and encountered on or near its breeding grounds to the north.

e. These two American Goldfinches were recaptured and released by Jim Gruber, a bander at Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory on the eastern shore of Maryland, near Chestertown.

f. This Purple Finch found dead on a Massachusetts highway by Judy Shepard was in its tenth year and only six months shy of the all-time longevity record for Purple Finches.

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