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Banded Junco in the Administration Building

Slate Colored Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

You never know when something unexpected will happen. I got a phone call this morning saying “A bird is in the building”!! Down the steps I go . . . . . hmm it’s Junco!! Took about 10 minutes and we got the bird in the corner!! I realized holding it that it had a band on its leg . . . . 2400 series!! I think to myself “I did have bands in that series”. Sure enough it was a bird that I banded back on 11th of December 2005. I never would have expected five years and five days later this bird would end up in my hand again. Guess that is why bird banders band birds . . . . get recaptures that tell us that this girl loves the winter in Allegany State Park!

songbirds sleeping spot
Photo from February 2007 where a bird roosted for the night!

Rumer has it that the bird spent the night in the building and wasn’t found again till this morning .  The Junco finally found its way out of the Christmas Tree . . . . . . human then captures it . . . . . then released outside (after a few photos). This brings back memories of when I found a spot in the snow in the Administration Buildings window where a bird spent the night to get out of the weather. We have had some horable snowy weather the past few weeks and I am sure this bird was also looking for a cozy place to spend the night . . . but ended up trapped inside!!

Slate-colored Junco
Junco with Christmas Tree in Background


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4 responses

  1. Marg

    So pretty against the lights! Cool recapture Tom!

    16 December 2010 at 6:53 pm

  2. That’s quite a story — how cool is that? They look much different close up. Awesome photos!

    16 December 2010 at 7:19 pm

  3. Wow, Tom, that’s a pretty incredible story and a lovely picture! I would never have believed a little bird would live for more than 5 years! And a lucky little bird, at that! ~karen

    16 December 2010 at 11:11 pm

  4. Monica Flint

    Fantastic story…and so gratifying for you to know she’s been doing so well!

    18 December 2010 at 6:01 pm

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