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First Day at CLDC

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Last Sunday we started banding over at the CLDC MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) banding station and placed bands on 15 species (43 individuals). The highlight was the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (first for the station and a year bird for me CHECK), Veery and Eastern Towhees. The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was a late migrant passing through the area and just encourages me start doing spring/fall banding. Warblers banded included the Blue-winged Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Common Yellowthroat. Other commonly captured birds included the Gray Catbird, House Wren, Red-eyed Vireo, and Indigo Bunting.

Chestnut-sided Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler

About 9am Jennifer arrived with a group of teens from Jamestown Audubon to learn more about banding. It was wonderful knowing this group of kids would rather spend a weekend with nature than spending time in front of the computer or television. I am grateful to the three banding assistants (Young Naturalist J, Bethany and Jason) who did an amazing job making sure things were getting done. We also had another volunteer arrive who helped with recording data for us. I am indebted to the many volunteers who take the time to help at the banding station and without their help it would be hard to run a station like this.


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30 responses

  1. Sara

    Save a few birds for us…18 days and counting! The kids are looking forward to being numbered among some of your volunteers. Unfortunately we had an up close look at a veery last week, John found one along the bike trail on his way home from work.

    3 June 2008 at 8:53 pm

  2. Love the colors of the chestnut warbler. You guys make me want to become a bird bander!

    3 June 2008 at 9:39 pm

  3. The detail on these birds is amazing. I love all the designs and shadings in their feathers. Sounds like you’re having good times. I think that’s great the kids take part.

    3 June 2008 at 9:52 pm

  4. Lisa at Greenbow

    I love the close ups you get of the birds you band. I got to follow a bander at Pt Reyes, CA a few years ago. I think this is facinating work to be able to get up close to these birds. I often wonder if many are recaptured?

    3 June 2008 at 10:02 pm

  5. I’m hoping when I get back towards the end of June I can make it up and band with you. I have to get my little point and shoot back up and running to see what kind of pics it will take of the birds up close.

    3 June 2008 at 10:52 pm

  6. Sweet- a veery! They are one of my favorite singers.

    3 June 2008 at 11:04 pm

  7. I’m so glad you are back banding and we get to see all the great close-up shots you take. Your photos really show how beautiful the birds really are. The Chestnut-sided Warbler is very striking!

    3 June 2008 at 11:26 pm

  8. The details in your photos are amazing!
    Kudos to your young naturalist helpers. πŸ™‚

    3 June 2008 at 11:31 pm

  9. OK, so where can we all sign up to be one of your young (ahem) naturalists? :c)

    4 June 2008 at 7:31 am

  10. Those photos are fantastic! How do you catch those birds?

    4 June 2008 at 9:49 am

  11. Oh…these close up pictures are just so amazing – show you how much it matters to have good light and get close!

    4 June 2008 at 9:57 am

  12. This closeups are ridiculously awesome… if someone sees these and doesn’t instantly think birds are 100% cool… their loss!!

    4 June 2008 at 10:15 am

  13. Fabulous portraits, especially the Chestnut-sided Warbler. I selfishly encourage you to do more banding so I can see enjoy your amazing closeups year-round πŸ™‚

    4 June 2008 at 11:43 am

  14. So, how far is it from Philadelphia to where you do this? After my week here, I have a comp day coming that I might just have to blow somewhere north where the warblers are still runnin’…

    4 June 2008 at 3:06 pm

  15. Oh my. That first close-up just stopped me in my tracks. I never knew how detailed each feather can be. How great that you can pass your passion on to young people. They are lucky to be with you.

    4 June 2008 at 5:35 pm

  16. @ Sara – happening quickly and can’t wait for their help! Veery’s are so much fun!
    @ Shelley – Thanks and would love your help!
    @ Rondi – thanks and at times feel exhausted with everything with work happening (that I don’t talk about).
    @ Lisa – Thanks and sounds like a fun time! I do recapture many that are my birds but very rarely recapture others banded birds.
    @ Toni – that would be awesome if you could make it down! I love using my point-and-shoot!
    @ Lynne – thanks and you are being VEERY nice!
    @ Linda – thanks and I am glad to be banding also!
    @ Lana – thanks and my helpers of all ages are nice!
    @ Jayne – LOL . . . would love to have you help! Anytime you want!
    @ Joan – Thanks and we use mist-nets as part of our banding process.
    @ BirdGirl – Thanks and actually I am using my point and shoot with these shots!
    @ Birdfreak – thanks and no doubt birds are cool!
    @ Adam – thanks and would love year-round banding! But I do have to work to pay the bills for banding!
    @ Caroline – thanks and birds have some amazing feathers!

    4 June 2008 at 7:46 pm

  17. Wow, that Chestnut-sided Warbler sure has an interesting assortment of feather colors. Nice.

    4 June 2008 at 11:59 pm

  18. Oh, I’m jealous – those “portraits” are to die for!

    5 June 2008 at 7:14 am

  19. Bethany

    I feel like a star–I made the blog! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great time and hopefully I’ll be back in July to keep J off of your back!

    5 June 2008 at 12:07 pm

  20. Bethany – I won’t be there in July to see you again 😦 I will be in California πŸ™‚

    5 June 2008 at 7:20 pm

  21. @ Bobbie – wasn’t that a great bird! Thanks
    @ Birdlady – thanks and I do get lucky from time to time!
    @ Bethany – LOL . . . I think Young Naturalist J has the most perfect picture of you that would make you a star on here! Love to have you return in July . . . it will a more constructive visit since YN-J will be away in California! Would love your help!
    @ J – ha ha . . . πŸ™‚ but then again you will be getting a bunch of lifers on me 😦 You better do a post on your trip!

    5 June 2008 at 11:32 pm

  22. Bethany

    Oh man, he’ll be gone? Score one for the good guys πŸ™‚ Just kidding, I’ll have no one to make fun of then hehe

    9 June 2008 at 10:16 am

  23. Bethany

    Oh he’s going down for posting that picture… πŸ™‚

    9 June 2008 at 10:29 am

  24. I hope she doesn’t find the picture!

    9 June 2008 at 2:45 pm

  25. @ Bethany . . . you rock!
    @ YN-J . . . . I seem to think she found your photostream . . . πŸ™‚ Sucks to be you!

    9 June 2008 at 8:36 pm

  26. How do you think that she would of found my photostream?

    10 June 2008 at 2:59 pm

  27. Bethany

    Oh, I found your photo stream J–Mr. Ovenbird himself πŸ™‚

    11 June 2008 at 11:50 am

  28. Oh jeez! Do I want to know what she is going to do to me. . . that is if she sees me again this year and still remembers to give me payback!

    11 June 2008 at 5:08 pm

  29. LOL . . . I would be scared J!! . . . LOL!

    11 June 2008 at 10:22 pm

  30. I am still relying on her forgetting I know she is going to unless she comes up sooner!

    12 June 2008 at 3:23 pm

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