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Baby Day at the CLDC Site

American Robin

American Robin fledgling.

Yesterday was our “Baby Day” at our CLDC MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) banding session. It appears that many of our fledglings are just starting to fledge the nest and will soon be on their own!!

Brown Headed Cowbird

Brown Headed Cowbird fledgling who was following a make Chestnut-sided Warbler around.

We were able to band 17 different species of birds and handled 22 different individuals (collected 12 avian bird flu samples). Nestlings captured included: Song Sparrow, Brown Headed Cowbird, Eastern Towhee, and American Robin.

Eastern Towhee male fledgling Eastern Towhee female fledgling

Male and female Eastern Towhee fledgling.

Eastern Towhee Indigo Bunting

Mamma Eastern Towhee and Mamma Indigo Bunting.


All the kids working together.

Thanks to all my volunteers and Field Assistants who help out yesterday.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma hanging around the banding station.

12 responses

  1. OMG Tom! I love seeing the “baby” birds – they’re so cool! Looks like you had great help yesterday! Pretty Eastern Comma!

    1 July 2007 at 11:32 am

  2. I love the pictures of the baby birds. I love seeing them in the yard too.

    1 July 2007 at 7:39 pm

  3. So how do you tell what babies they are when they don’t have adult coloring? Beak shapes? etc.?
    Teach me!

    1 July 2007 at 8:00 pm

  4. It’s so rare to see baby birds! I would have neve known the baby robin… Yes, I wonder how you know? Those young children are so lucky.

    1 July 2007 at 9:56 pm

  5. rick

    it is wonderful seeing all of these babies. keep up the great work.

    1 July 2007 at 10:01 pm

  6. Somewhere in your archives, you have probably done a post on how you catch the birds. I see a net in the one picture. How do you set the net? Great pictures as usual!

    1 July 2007 at 11:36 pm

  7. Sweet!! Love seeing all the babies!

    2 July 2007 at 6:48 am

  8. winterwoman

    Hmmm… I guess even butterflies are fascinated by bird banding.

    2 July 2007 at 7:29 am

  9. @Nature Woman – the babies were great!
    @ Barb – thanks and they are showing up everywhere!
    @ KGMom – sometimes it is hard to ID them in their Juvenal plumage but we use many reference guides when we have any questions on identifying them.
    @ Mary – Normally the Babies are hiding in the shrubs, etc.. We look at many things for aging the birds.
    @ Rick – thanks!
    @ Ruth – well, not sure if I have a post on that, will have to work on something for you! nets are set up and birds just fly into them at random!
    @ Jayne – they are great, thanks!
    @ Winter Woman – We also had many Red Admirals flying around.

    2 July 2007 at 11:56 am

  10. Very cool to start getting so many young ones. Nice job – and excellent pictures, too (as usual).

    2 July 2007 at 12:10 pm

  11. Young birds and young kids-a nice combination!

    2 July 2007 at 8:22 pm

  12. Anne

    As always, beautiful photos, Tom! I know a baby Robin when I see one, but I’m sure I would never know what any other fledg(e)ling is, unless parents are visible, too. The Brown-headed Cowbird youngster is quite stunning! Lucky kids to have the chance to take part in such an exciting event!

    2 July 2007 at 10:40 pm

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