SWAT Banding and RTPI Group
Today the Roger Tory Peterson Institute brought a group of people to our SWAT MAPS banding station here in Allegany State Park. This is the same group that I had gone on the Owl walk just last week.
We banded 15 different species and handled 24 different individuals. We had some excitement when a Ruffed Grouse was almost captured into one of our nets. We also had a Song Sparrow that I thought was a foreign recaptured bird. . . . . well . . . until I went over my records and noticed that I had banded it just last week . . . . . Uggg, Sorry Everyone!!
Common Flicker (male)
Common Flicker (female)
I would like to thank Young Naturalist J for skipping a fieldtrip at school and thinking that being my field assisting today would be more educational. I also would like to thank the Roger Tory Peterson Institute for scheduling a field trip over to the SWAT station and helping spread the word about our bird stuides. Finally I would like to thank everyone that attended the fieldtrip and spending their morning with us.
Young Naturalist J removing a Wood Thrush from the mist net.