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More MAPS Bird Banding

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Noah getting ready to release an American Goldfinch (photo by Noah’s dad)

By: Pat Coate

There was a nice group of folks keeping Tom company at his bird banding site this past weekend. Some of the visitors included Grant and his dad and grandfather who traveled all the way from Ohio to check things out after hearing Tom speak at the Chautauqua Institute. And Noah and Sammy came with their parents to see the birds and to help release them. Despite the heat, it was a very ‘birdy’ morning with lots of activity in the nets as well as the area around the site.

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Sammy meets a Grey Catbird (held by one of the park’s interns)

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American Redstart (female)

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American Redstart (male)

This bird was feeding near the creek that runs behind the banding station. So far it appears he has managed to avoid the nets as he has no tag visible on his leg. I am not sure what he has on his bill.

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Tom and Noah logging in one of the many Grey Catbird captures – photo by Noah’s dad

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Wood Thrush

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

It is amazing how tiny they are and how large, on a relative basis, their bills are. Partly due to their small size, Tom would need to have a special license to band hummingbirds.


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2 responses

  1. I get all goose-bumply when I see children so intently interacting with nature. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures.

    28 July 2011 at 5:38 am

  2. Noah will never forget this day!

    29 July 2011 at 9:31 pm

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