Bird Banding, March 2014

Despite threat of rain, our public bird banding session today was well attended as you can see.

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We had a great time showing people the birds we caught. This Buff-bellied Hummingbird was originally banded in February 2011 at GCBO. She’s been coming back to spend the winter with us ever since and today we recaught her again and were able to verify her band number.

BUFH head

We also caught a Carolina Chickadee that was originally banded in June of 2008 as a hatch year bird making it 6 years old at this point! At our special bird banding session on Thursday we caught a Red-bellied Woodpecker that was originally banded in May 2011 and aged at that time as an after third year bird, meaning it was at least three years old then. Fast forward to now (2014) and that woodpecker is at least six years old. The only way we can get this kind of data is to band birds!

Today this Blue Jay was quite a hit and as they always do, it posed nicely for some photos.

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Next month’s bird banding will be on Saturday, April 19. Come on out and see what spring will bring.

Total birds banded on Thursday, 3/13/14 and Saturday, 3/15/14

Species

New bands

Recaptures

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

1

Red-bellied Woodpecker

1

Eastern Phoebe

1

Blue Jay

1

Carolina Chickadee

2

5

Tufted Titmouse

1

3

House Wren

1

2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

1

Yellow-rumped Warbler

1

Common Yellowthroat

2

Lincoln’s Sparrow

1

2

Swamp Sparrow

3

4

Northern Cardinal

8

10

Red-winged Blackbird

5

Total

25

30

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