Other birds we saw in the area were a Townsend's Solitaire, lots of Red-winged Blackbirds flying over, a flyover Ring-billed Gull, Black-billed Magpies, House Finches, and a Spotted Towhee.
Measuring the Blue Jay's leg to see what band size it would take.
Weighing Blue Jay. With most birds, you have to weigh them in something that they can't escape, such as a tube. With Blue Jays and some other kinds of birds, you can lay them on their back, and they stay because they become disoriented.
Releasing the Blue Jay
This Northern Mockingbird has been in the gulch for the entire fall banding season. It was first caught and banded two months ago when it was looking ragged, as it was in serious molt. Now, it is looking fantastic!
Photo of the same Northern Mockingbird two months ago.
Zoom in and you will see how many feathers are in sheath.
Taking down nets for the winter.