Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Spring 1984

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Charles A. Ely


The migrational patterns of wood warblers in west-central Kansas were investigated at the Fort Hays State University banding station on Big Creek during the autumns of 1979 and 1980. Five species (yellow warbler, Nashville warbler, Myrtle warbler, Wilson’s warbler and orange-crowned warbler) were analyzed. None of the five species exhibited a non-overlapping asynchronous migrational pattern. The orange-crowned warbler exhibited an overlapping asynchronous pattern with an increased percentage of adults later in season. The yellow warbler and Wilson’s warbler exhibited synchronous patterns. In both species, adults and juveniles migrated at the same time. The trends for the Nashville warbler and Myrtle warbler were not clear. Data were insufficient for determining whether the Nashville warbler had a synchronous or overlapping asynchronous pattern. The Myrtle warbler appeared to exhibit a synchronous pattern. Data for the migrational trends of the sex classes of juvenile sand adults were inconclusive. Because of difficulty in accurately determining the sex of yellow warblers and orange-crowned warblers, no patterns could be discerned. Males and females of juveniles and adults of Myrtle warblers, Nashville warblers, and Wilson’s warblers appeared to exhibit a synchronous pattern.


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