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First Day at CLDC for 2009

Wilsons Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler

Last Sunday after the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage we started banding over at the CLDC MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) banding station. We placed bands on 14 species and we placed new bands on 19 individuals. In addition to the newly banded birds we recaptured 2 Song Sparrows, 4 Common Yellowthroats, 1 House Wren and 1 Indigo Bunting which were previous year banded birds (for a total of 27 individuals).

Canada Warbler
Canada Warbler

The highlight was the Canada Warbler, Mourning Warbler and Wilson’s Warbler (first for the station and year bird for me CHECK). The Wilson’s Warbler was a late migrant passing through the area and is a target species of Sharon who does her spring migration studies at the James A. Zaepfel Nature Sanctuary.

Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole (Female)

Other great birds captured included the Common Yellowthroat, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting, Red-eyed Vireo and Blue Jay.

Studying the birds
Looking for a molt limit!

With the Wilson’s Warbler being the first bird of the year and that same net check having a Mourning Warbler then followed by a Canada Warbler next net check . . . . . you would have anticipated an amazing day.

Hopps with a Baltimore Oriole

But our consistency with capturing birds after 9am quickly slowed down due to the site becoming a bit windy! I probably should have canceled the banding after then but the wind was only patchy at times. Over all I do think it affected our banding success for the site.

Kyle and J
Kyle and Young Naturalist J

Learning about the Wilson's
Young Naturalist J learning about the Wilson’s Warbler

J and Me
Young Naturalist J and myself!

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8 responses

  1. Sarah

    I have the first comment, yeah me! Naturalist J looks overly happy in the last picture. Love all the birds.

    3 June 2009 at 8:31 pm

  2. Lots of pretty birds. J does look like he is enjoying this very much!

    4 June 2009 at 12:58 am

  3. Beautiful little bird. Love the detail in its feathers.

    4 June 2009 at 6:29 am

  4. What an amazing shot of the Baltimore Oriole. It seems to be looking off in te distance. Maybe it is hoping for freedom!

    4 June 2009 at 10:41 am

  5. I am dying to learn to band. The closest I get now is extricating birds from our deer mesh.

    4 June 2009 at 12:06 pm

  6. Pam

    Wow, those are some awesome birdies, Tom! It’s so cool to see J is still interested!

    4 June 2009 at 6:52 pm

  7. You done good, Tom! I love those warbler shots.

    6 June 2009 at 8:20 pm

  8. Marg

    Looks like a great start-do you have a schedule? I’d love to make it down for a session
    email me-you know where 🙂

    24 June 2009 at 10:45 am

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