First Day at CLDC
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.
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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