4th of July Banding
We had another SWAT MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) banding session last Friday. It was a “bang” of a day with 12 species captured and 36 captures (28 newly banded and 8 birds recaptured).
I enjoyed giving some challenging baby bird quizzes to the banding assistants (Kyle and Jennifer)! Some of these babies were right out of the nest fledglings which are not that easy!! But they did an amazing job with their identification of the birds. Although I wasn’t able to trick Young Naturalist J but he did missed a few good species while taking his 2 hour nap!! Although I didn’t give him too much crap about the nap since he had his eyes puff up due to allergies.
American Redstart was the most numerous species captured and I think my favorite bird of the day was the Louisiana Waterthrush. Other great birds included Swamp Sparrow, Hooded Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Hairy Woodpecker, Yellow Warbler, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Overall it was a great banding day and I think the birds were good because of the decent weather we had!
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