Towhee and Grouse at CLDC
On Saturday the 13th of June 2009 we opened the 2nd session of the CLDC MAPS banding station! We captured 14 different species and banded 13 newly banded birds with 14 recaptures (total of 27 individuals).
Besides the normal highlights like the capture of the Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Blue-winged Warbler, ect. . . . we had two other amazing bird captures during this session! The first was a recaptured Eastern Towhee who was wearing a worn band but thank goodness the numbers were still readable.
The Eastern Towhees spend most of their time kicking the ground looking for seeds. When you look closer at the band . . . . you will find the band worn from the middle (not from the outside) and I can picture this kicking motion making the band move in a constant up and down motion! I decided to replace this thin band with a new band that will last the bird another 5 years of kicking. We first captured this bird on the 24th of July 2004 as a after hatch year bird (making it at least 6 years of age). It was a very exciting for a 5 year recapture . . . yet alone having the opportunity to replace the band before the band was lost forever (thanks to Jen for letting me use her side by side band photo)!
The other special capture of the day was a female Ruffed Grouse (I know a Ruffed Grouse . . . isn’t that crazy!!). This was a special moment for many of us at the banding station . . . . . we were at the right spot at the right time! Close inspection showed that the bird had a brood patch and we aged her as an after second year (making her at least 3 years of age)! She was such a beautiful bird to see up close and Kyle was given the blessing of releasing her back with the other birdies!
Thanks to the many banding assistants (Kyle, Jennifer, Young Naturalist J and his mother) who assisted with this banding session! With out your help . . . . this banding wouldn’t be possible!
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