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Kid Birders at SWAT

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

On Friday the 12th of June 2009 we opened the 2nd session of the SWAT MAPS banding station! We captured 14 different species and banded 17 newly banded birds with 16 recaptures (total of 33 individuals). The weather was very cooperative and we had a great steady number of birds being captured in the nets.

2 famlies
The two families of kids that visited!

Highlights included a capture of a Woodthrush, Hermit Thrush, Baltimore Oriole and 2 Hairy Woodpeckers. One of the Hairy Woodpeckers was a newly born hatch year and this baby was captured at the same time with its father (who was a recaptured woodpecker from a previous year). I always make it a point to smell the woodpeckers head . . . . “sniff”, “sniff” we all took the time for a scent or two!! For warblers we captured a Yellow Warbler, 5 Chestnut-sided Warblers, 2 American Redstarts and 3 Common Yellowthroats.

Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush

This was a special banding session for the two home school families that arrived for the first time at the banding station. They were local families who do field trips together and I can’t wait for them to return again. The kids were amazing young birders and they had taught themselves about the many different species of birds by using their field guides.

Red-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo

I tried like heck to trick the kids but this group worked together and knew every species that we had captured!!! I almost had them with one of the female warblers . . . . but the one boy said “Common Yellowthroat”! Dam these kids are good! But with many of the species that look alike . . . I could only get them with the sex of the birds! We approached the net and the kids got excited with the two American Redstarts! One of the boys said “I want the male Redstart”! I said which one . . . . he he he, the second year male Redstarts look just like female redstarts! This was the best I could do in tricking these chillens!!

American Redstart
American Redstart

The kids were keeping a daily bird checklist and while returning from a net check . . . . . I said “there is the Blackburnian Warbler, you don’t have the one on your list yet!” . . . . . the moment of the day was watching these kids working together in locating this orange burst of a warbler in the treetop! I am proud to have had the opportunity to done some birding with these future young birders and nature photographers of the world!!

Kids looking for the Blackburnian Warbler

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7 responses

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    Good job Monarch. The world needs more children involved with birding.

    14 June 2009 at 4:39 pm

  2. Sara

    Way to go homeschoolers!
    I know 4 more who are looking forward to seeing you (and ASP) next weekend!

    14 June 2009 at 8:00 pm

  3. I wish I had started birding decades ago. Getting involved with birds makes you so much more aware of nature around you. A walk is no longer just a walk.

    Those photos are precious. Especially the one with the little guy holding the bird.

    15 June 2009 at 12:09 am

  4. The photo of the little one holding the vireo is priceless… it is just so cool to see the mind soaking it all in. :c)

    15 June 2009 at 6:44 am

  5. People learn much faster when they are actually interacting with the subject matter. Shocker there.

    15 June 2009 at 10:25 pm

  6. Marg

    Oh don’t you love vistors like that-sounds like a great day and it sure made a great blog entry!

    17 June 2009 at 8:12 am

  7. Beautiful shot, they are such a lovely bird !!

    17 June 2009 at 11:22 am

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