An Interesting Office Visitor
Have you ever been inside Wal-mart or Home Depot with birds flying around the store?? I feel sorry for those birdies and I find myself wondering who’s job it is to get them back outside safely?? Well, you know who gets the call whenever something is flying around the offices in the Administration Building!! I have rescued Chimney Swifts who accidentally fell down the chimney because someone forgot to close the damper. I am the one who saves the Little Brown Bats who accidentally finds there way inside whenever someone leaves a doors or window open due to hot temperatures during the summer. I have even rescued things like a Luna Moths (stuck between the storm windows), Hummingbirds, Meadow Jumping Mouse, Flying Squirrels, Ring-necked Snakes, and a ton of Chipmunks!! But I am rarely called upon during the winter months for unexpected critters that find there way into the offices (well, unless they are mice)!
Here is the skinny on today’s office visitor . . . . some staff “finally” got together and took down all of the Christmas decorations! The building seemed extra warm and you guessed it . . . . someone propped open one of the doors without any concern that something would get inside! Not sure why but this Black-capped Chickadee somehow found itself exploring the 2nd floor offices. I started closing doors behind it and finally trapped her inside one of the smaller rooms! In a matter of minutes we had her cornered and captured with a butterfly net. I had hoped to band her but not this little birdie . . . . she was already sporting some bling bling from a previous encounter that I had!
As soon as we read off her band number, I knew that it had to be one of my banded birds! I just assumed it had been one of the birds that I banded in my window feeder within the past few years but according to my database it was from somewhere else! There, I finally found it in my records and this Black-capped Chickadee was first banded at 11:30am on 6 June 2007 at my SWAT banding station here in Allegany State Park! She was recorded as an adult female with a brood patch and was probably nesting somewhere near the banding station! She traveled ~3360 feet as the crow flies (or chickadee in this case) from its breeding grounds in the summer to the Administration Building during the winter months. What is so ironic is that I captured another female Black-capped Chickadee on the 8th of June 2007 (and on June of 2006 in the same location) who had been first banded at the Administration Building during January of 2005. Are you ready for this?? The 8th of June Chickadee’s wintering vs breeding location was also ~3340 feet away from both banding captures!!
It makes me wonder if we are starting to find some interesting trends with these two Chickadee that I have recaptured?
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