Half a morning of banding
This Saturday morning we had a superb start at the CLDC MAPS banding station but then . . . . (to be continued)!!! We banded only 6 species, recaptured 9 individuals and placed new bands on 8 birdies (17 total captures). Species banded included Blue-winged Warbler, Gray Catbird, Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow, House Wren and a first for the year bird for me (also to be continued ).
Visitors included some of our friends from Jamestown Audubon (hey LOB ) and our friends from Michigan (hey kids). Young Naturalist J , Kyle and Jennifer were the banding assistants for the day. Other helpers included Young Naturalist H and Young Naturalist D who didn’t get an opportunity to do much because of the weather! I do appreciate everyone’s help and taking the time to visit the banding station on this crazy morning!
Okey Dokey . . . here is the low-down on what happened! I had faith that the weather man’s prediction of “rain before sunrise and very isolated showers in the late morning” would actually happen! But up to about 8:30 in the morning the NEXRAD Radar was clear and we continued doing net-checks as normal day. We had a smaller group doing our checks and found the most amazing little bird in net 9! I put the pressure on Kyle and said don’t loose this bird (as he removed it from the net)!! Young Naturalist J and I were radiating the excitement making Kyle a little nervous . . . although he perfectly took the bird out!! We couldn’t believe that we just captured a Canada Warbler (CHECK)!!!
Young Naturalist J banding the Canada Warbler
As if it was a sign from above . . . . “you just captured the best bird of the season and now comes the rain”!!! Boy did it rain and 3 of us quickly started closing all 10 nets getting absolutely drenched (lucky all of the nets were empty)! It always happens this way and as soon as we finish closing nets . . . the rain finally stops! We then turned around and proceeded to opening all of the nets again!!
The skies were clear, nets were open and NEXRAD was showing a larger storm moving our direction!! Decisions, decisions . . . we finally decided to end the day and take down all the nets “again”!! Well this time before the storm hit and boy did it hit just as we were driving away!!
Be sure to check out Jennifer’s version of the day at: A Passion for Nature
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