This morning Young Naturalist J and I decided to do a little banding in my back yard. Our goal was to catch those Pine Siskin and Redpolls that had visited my house last Friday. Although the Redpoll never returned, we “just” missed an opportunity to band one of the Pine Siskins! 😦
We did catch 12 Black-capped Chickadees, a Slate-colored Junco (both Junco and Chickadees will be talked about in another post here soon) and 16 American Goldfinch. We observed 3 Pine Siskins at the feeder but banded none. We were very happy banding the Tufted Titmouse, a White-breasted Nuthatch and 3 Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Young Naturalist J banding the Evening Grosbeak
I just knew I had been hearing the Evening Grosbeaks up in the trees the past few days but couldn’t visually confirm seeing them. Just as we closed up the traps to eat some hotdogs for lunch . . . . I yell “LOOK, EVENING GROSBEAKS” (My first for 2007 – CHECK)! We ignored lunch and opened the traps again! Sure enough we were able to catch a male Evening Grosbeak!
Young Naturalist J ran out to grab a hold of it and quickly learned a lesson on how they use their large bills to open seeds!! I heard him scream “owwww” from inside the house!! Although this bird did leave some red marks, J enjoyed banding this most beautiful yellow bird and was only nailed 4 times with its bill! I hope that tonight we can catch some more fluff balls!
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