My First Babies
Today we banded our first babies at the CLDC MAPS banding station . . . . yep 3 baby chickadees decided to stop over for a visit. The morning started with some thick fog that got us more wet than helped us in capturing any morning birdies. Once the warm sun started evaporated the fog . . . . we finally began to capture our first birdies of the morning. Highlights included the Field Sparrow, Blue-winged Warbler, Veery, baby Chickadees and 2 Hairy Woodpeckers (although the woodpeckers were not the most cooperative visitors)!!
We ended up with 13 species of birds being captured in the mist nets but since Young Naturalist J couldn’t get to the net quick enough (then almost fell) . . . we only banded 12 species and missed the local Black-billed Cuckoo (no pressure buddy). Other teasing birds that didn’t get captured included the Savannah Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird and Scarlet Tanager who outsmarted us banders . . . . well this time!! Of those 12 species that we captured . . . . we placed new bands on 12 individuals and recorded info on 19 recaptured individuals (I have not looked up their history yet). The morning only allowed me to collected 9 avian bird flu samples from the birds but over all was a good steady morning.
I also had many new (human) visitors at the station this morning (three were from the Jamestown area and the other was from Pittsburgh PA area). They joined us from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute/ Jamestown Audubon field trip that had been scheduled for yesterday to visit the CLDC banding station. Ya Ya . . . I rescheduled the banding for today because of the wet weather that moved through the area and although the station was closed . . . . they still did the field trip. But these guys who visited today decided to return and learn more about our banding operation. I hope you guys enjoyed yourself and return again whenever you have the time!! We also had another banding assistant student who joined us for the first time and worked on gaining more experience with mist netting birds. I would like to thank Kyle and the regular banding assistants (Young Naturalist J and Jennifer) who took the time to help! Thanks for keeping the banding station from falling behind and a fun place for spend your morning.
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