More MAPS Bird Banding
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.
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.
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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