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Spanish Day at CLDC Banding Site

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

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.

Sunrise foggy morning

The 5:40am sunrise and fog that we find each morning.

Hooded Warbler

Hooded Warbler




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 tongue Flick

American Robin flicking its tongue at me!

Bee caught     Red-spotted Purple

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 Field Sparrow

Eastern Towhee and Field Sparrow

16 responses

  1. Anne

    So many amazing photos, Tom, though I especially love the close-ups of the Hooded Warbler and Ovenbird. So sharp and spectacular. As I’ve said before, you are SO lucky doing banding.

    17 June 2007 at 5:52 pm

  2. I continue to learn so much from your blog! My Spanish is terrible, but I would love to help with banding.

    17 June 2007 at 6:15 pm

  3. What a fun day!

    18 June 2007 at 6:59 am

  4. As always, stunning macro work. It’s not something you see all the time in birds, and I love seeing new pics all the time here. Thanks!

    Or should I say…. me encantan tus fotos. No se ve muchas veces los fotos macros de los aves.

    ~ Nick

    18 June 2007 at 7:48 am

  5. Wonderful photos, again! I really like seeing the young students enjoying themselves.

    Muchas Gracias! Hasta luego.

    18 June 2007 at 8:05 am

  6. Los fotographias muy buenas!

    18 June 2007 at 12:56 pm

  7. Look like you had another great day! I love your sunrise and fog! And of course your bird photos are awesome! Hope the kids did great on their Spanish test!

    18 June 2007 at 5:12 pm

  8. Que una idea bueno! Una poste grandes y fotografías buenas, como de costumbre.

    (thanks babelfish 🙂

    18 June 2007 at 6:01 pm

  9. Robins have tongues they can flick? Who knew? Cool photo.

    18 June 2007 at 8:43 pm

  10. Parte de los pájaros más bonitos viene de México y otros lugares que hablan español. ¡Artículo bueno!

    Spanish is one of the best languages to learn as a young birder. There are so many cool places to travel within Central America and South America with amazing birds!

    18 June 2007 at 9:14 pm

  11. The photos are just awesome!-It’s a little discouraging when I compare them to photos that I take.

    18 June 2007 at 9:23 pm

  12. @ Anne – thanks and I love taking them up close like that! I would have to believe that any bander near where you live would love to have someone join them!!
    @ Ruth – thanks and those kids would talk and I didn’t have a clue what they were saying!
    @ Jayne – was very fun, thanks!
    @ Nick – Thanks, some of use get to see it every day but then again, that’s why I share my pictures with you all!
    @ Mary – thanks and we always try to have fun when out banding!
    @ Marty – thanks
    @ Nature Woman – always love the sunrises at the banding station and they don’t always turn out the way I want them to! Young Naturalist C told me yesterday she did good on it! Have not heard from J yet!
    @ Adam – thanks whatever you said! LOL
    @ KGMom – all birds have tongues, but I don’t normally get pictures of them sticking them out at me!
    @ Veery – thanks whatever you said and I would have to agree that it is a wonderful language for them to speak! I sure do hope they get out and enjoy Central America and South America to enjoy those birds!
    @ Larry – thanks but do note that I am only 3 inches away from the birds when taking these shots! Don’t be discouraged! You also have the option of visiting a banding station near you!

    19 June 2007 at 9:01 am

  13. TR

    Delightful, amazing photos and stories. Keep up the wonderful blog.

    I missed the hummngbird banding this year here in Idaho. But pals who went said it was really something to hold a hummer in their hands, feeling that fast little heart beat. Next year I have to go!
    We are spotting some sandhill cranes in the marshes here. Hoping to glimpse the colts soon.
    Best to you,

    19 June 2007 at 9:35 am

  14. Thanks TR! I would have loved to been a part of the hummingbird banding! I have only seen that a few times but just the Ruby Throateds! I remember seeing the Sandhills over in Michigan! They were nesting almost in my backyards! Fun getting spoiled by such wonderful birds like that! Thanks for visiting!

    20 June 2007 at 8:49 am

  15. Marg

    Booohooooooooo! 😦 Look how long it took me to come see what I missed!

    Glad you guys had such a great day….we are coming, Richard is away but I’m checking your schedule again and making plans for whens he’s back!

    21 June 2007 at 9:36 am

  16. Marg, we missed you and had some great birds for you also! Next time for sure!

    21 June 2007 at 1:10 pm

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