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First Day of SWAT

Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat

On Friday the 29th of May 2009 we opened the SWAT MAPS banding station! We captured 12 different species and banded 22 newly banded birds with 10 recaptures. I wouldn’t have called this a good banding day but turned out better than how we first expected it to turn out like!

Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat

Highlights included the captured of 1 Red-eyed Vireo, 2 Chestnut-sided Warblers and 3 Yellow Warblers! First bird in the net was a House Wren and if you know anything about wrens . . . this sneaky bird got away from us! Overall, even with some light rain showers . . . we were able to still have a great day!

Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler

Thanks to my field assistants: Young Naturalist J, Young Naturalist C and Jennifer Schlick for helping on Friday.


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12 responses

  1. Their colors are so striking. I’m glad it was a successful banding day!

    31 May 2009 at 9:56 pm

  2. Love to see these warblers so close! That first shot of the yellowthroat…does not even look like one! They look like babies from afar – and so mature up close 😉

    31 May 2009 at 10:34 pm

  3. What a happy color yellow is! I love the yellow throat! Just want to stroke his little head. :-}
    (It’s that silly ole’ maternal instinct…)

    31 May 2009 at 10:52 pm

  4. Thanks for helping me learn!

    1 June 2009 at 6:22 am

  5. That yellow warbler is exquisite! Glad it was such a good banding day. :c)

    1 June 2009 at 6:38 am

  6. Kaz

    It was good to meet you Saturday, pop over to my blog to see a few shots of the Cedar Waxwings which were in abundance near the nets!
    -K

    1 June 2009 at 7:05 am

  7. Pam

    I always love to see your birdie close-ups!

    1 June 2009 at 8:36 am

  8. Gorgeous pic, as usual! I’m curious, are you getting such crisp focus hand-held, or are you using a tripod? I need to improve my focusing abilities!

    1 June 2009 at 8:54 am

  9. Marg

    Fantastic shots!

    1 June 2009 at 10:30 am

  10. Beautiful photographs of the birds. I especially love the yellow warbler.

    1 June 2009 at 4:50 pm

  11. Have a great banding season Tom!

    1 June 2009 at 7:05 pm

  12. Awesome stuff. So seriously, how do I visit to see you do this?

    2 June 2009 at 12:48 pm

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