Spanish Day at CLDC Banding Site
On Saturday we had a superb day at the CLDC MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) banding station. We banded 18 different species of birds, 23 were newly banded individuals, 9 were recaptured birds and we were able to collected 14 Avian Bird Flu samples. We had both Young Naturalist J and Young Naturalist C as my banding assistants for this banding session (including their parents). Young Naturalist C brought her friend Amy with her to the station and of course I also assigned some duties for her to do.
The 5:40am sunrise and fog that we find each morning.
Kids Working Together
Since all three kids need to take their NYS Spanish 1 exam on Monday, we decide to have a “Spanish Day” at the banding station. Many of the basic words, numbers, etc. . . . were done in Spanish (when it didn’t interfere with our banding too much). Even if they didn’t learn anything, we still had fun trying to do everything in Spanish!
American Robin flicking its tongue at me!
Other things that land on Mist Nets.
We were discussing how wonderful it was finding completely different species here at the CLDC site than what we had banded over at the SWAT site just the day previous. I greatly appreciate all of the help from everyone and Jeff won my hero badge (for help with the bridge). Marg almost made it down from Toronto to spend the day banding with us!! It would be soo much fun to share some banding experiences and maybe catch a handful of good birds for her!! I hope she can work coming down to visit here in the near future.
Eastern Towhee and Field Sparrow