Another SWAT morning!
Chestnut-sided Warbler being released on the MAPS Cap
Today a family from Michigan (who are camping in Allegany for the week) visited our SWAT MAPS banding station here in Allegany State Park. They have been attending my nature walks since 1999 and joined me with my bird banding for as long as we have been friends. They have always supported our studies and volunteered to make all of our bird bags that we are using. They saved the banding station with their wonderful sowing skills and we are grateful for all they have done for us!!!
We were able to band 13 different species of birds and handled 25 different individuals. We had some excitement when we captured a Brown Thrasher (I was wondering if we had any at this site). We also had fun examining a male American Redstart who had yellow tail feathers and orange wing feathers (sorry, the picture doesn’t do it justice).
Young Naturalist H with a female Baltimore Oriole
I would like to thank Young Naturalist H for stepping into the role of being my field assistant for the day. She did a little assisting last season and once again she was very helpful in putting up with my numerous jobs that I gave her. She did so well this year that we gave her an opportunity to process our last three birds for the day (with my help)! For my regular blog readers, Young Naturalist J will not be banding birds with me this weekend. He will be in Maine whitewater rafting with a bunch of friends (doesn’t it sound like fun?)! We will miss his help but it is to Young Naturalist H’s advantage as she will be this weekend’s field assistant again! This will be a great opportunity for her continuing working with the birds before heading back to Michigan.
Juvenal plumaged Yellow Warbler
Song Sparrow with an old injury!
We also found a Song Sparrow who had a deformed foot (or had broken it and it healed funny). Since it had no movement with its toes, when it would perch or grab something . . . the sparrow would use the side of its foot! Its weight and measurements were right on task with the other Song Sparrows but the side of its foot was raw from walking on it all the time. We will have to watch this bird to see how it does with its bum foot.
The kids found a very large American Toad at the Banding Station.
Me teaching the kids some bad habits in smelling the woodpeckers heads.