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Wil Traveling Bobcat By: Jim Jordan, Wildlife Biologist Bobcat 750 was captured on March 23, 2018, near Parkside Villas on Kiawah. He is an adult male and weighed almost 21 pounds at the time of capture. He spent the next three months on the western half of Kiawah Island before leaving the island on July 5. Since then, he has spent most of his time close to the intersection of Main and River roads near the Limehouse Bridge. He has also spent time north of Highway 17. During his travels, he swam across the Intracoastal Waterway 11 times and crossed busy Highway 17 eleven times as well. All of these crossings have taken place during nighttime hours. Town biologists have been tracking bobcats for more than 18 years and have had quite a few bobcats leave the island. Most move to Johns Island, but we have had bobcats travel as far as Edisto Island and even the Town of Green Pond. Bobcat 750’s travels are unique because he was an adult male at the time of capture, while almost all of our other traveling bobcats have been young, juvenile males. Fall Migration Summary By: Aaron Given, Wildlife Biologist The 2018 fall migration banding season at the Kiawah Island Band- ing Station (KIBS) ended on November 30. After a grueling 3 ½ month season of working almost every day, we banded 6,744 birds and had 1,857 recaptures of 91 different species. Banding occurred at two sites on Kiawah: Captain Sam’s (west end) and Little Bear (east end). This was the 10th consecutive year at Captain Sam's and the 4th at Little Bear Island. This fall was substantially slower in terms of the number of birds banded at both sites, but we did capture some very interesting birds. Highlights Kirtland’s Warbler - 1st time capture A Kirtland’s Warbler was banded on October 4 at Little Bear. This capture was exciting because the Kirtland's Warbler is an endan- gered species that breeds exclusively in young jack pine forests in Michigan and Wisconsin. This species was one of the first to be federally listed after Congress passed the Endangered Species Act in 1973 and was listed due to habitat loss on their breeding grounds and nest parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds. This is the first time a Kirtland’s Warbler has been banded on Kiawah Island! In fact, this was the first Kirtland's Warbler to ever have been seen on Kiawah Island! Another fascinating capture was a male Common Yellowthroat that was banded initially by the Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory (FBBO) in Chestertown, Maryland on May 5, 2016. Last fall on September 21, we captured a different Common Yellowthroat that had been banded by FBBO just 13 days prior. During 2017, FBBO captured a Common Yellowthroat on May 12, 2017, that we banded at Captain Sam’s on September 30, 2014. Recapturing a bird that was banded elsewhere is rare, but recapturing three individuals between two different sites located 510 miles apart is extraordinary! To see a more detailed summary of the 2018 fall migration season, visit www.kiawahislandbanding.blogspot.com. 6