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1 September 2009 Stopover-Site Fidelity at a Near-Coastal Banding Site in Georgia
Scott G. Somershoe, Don G. Cohrs, Doris A. Cohrs
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We documented one Seiurus noveboracensis (Northern Waterthrush) exhibiting stopover-site fidelity by returning to a near-coastal stopover site at the Butler Island Auxiliary Station (BIAS) on the Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area in southeast Georgia during banding operations from 1995–2000. The Northern Waterthrush was recaptured in fall 2000 after being banded at BIAS in fall 1997. Although few individual passerine migrants have exhibited stopover-site fidelity, the majority were recaptured at banding stations nearer (<500 km) breeding populations of the respective species. Stopover-site fidelity is rarely documented in the southeast, as migration banding stations are generally located at coastal migrant traps, which primarily capture hatching-year birds that likely migrate to inland locations in subsequent fall migrations and do not return to coastal migrant traps. High percentages of hatching-year migrants at our near-coastal site suggest that this area is used by migrants in a similar fashion to coastal sites; however, we found possible benefits received by young birds returning to this site in subsequent years. Although rarely documented, passerine migrants may encounter some of the same benefits that wading birds, waterfowl, and shorebirds encounter in using the same stopover locations annually.

Scott G. Somershoe, Don G. Cohrs, and Doris A. Cohrs "Stopover-Site Fidelity at a Near-Coastal Banding Site in Georgia," Southeastern Naturalist 8(3), 537-546, (1 September 2009).
Published: 1 September 2009

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