Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Bird Banding Surprises

Another day of banding awaited us on an early Monday morning.  As the sun peaked above the horizon, we opened the mist nets on the east side of the gulch at a private local banding station under a mostly cloudy sky.  At the “soggies” (a lane of three twelve meter nets), I caught a quick glimpse of a White-throated Sparrow, which we captured in the net later in the day.

This White-throated Sparrow we caught was previously banded last Saturday.

After a few dry net runs, a Sharp-shinned Hawk flew through the gulch flushing lots of birds into the nets.  Thanks to the Sharpie, one of the birds caught was a Northern Parula, a rare migrant warbler!

This beautiful Northern Parula was an unusual catch.

We ended the day with a big surprise.  The Sharp-shinned Hawk managed to get in one of the western nets!

Immature Male Sharp-shinned Hawk.

The other, more usual birds we banded that day were Black-capped Chickadees, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbers, an Orange-crowned Warbler, Song Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, a Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Juncos, American Goldfinches, and a House Finch.

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