Sunday, May 04, 2008

Flitters and twitters, part 2

Very intense day of banding, and not necessarily for all the fun reasons. The wind was not as bad as yesterday but unavoidable and in one's face no matter what. It was strong enough to blow our chickadee-sized bands off our banding table, leading to a half-hour search and restring mission. And the birds were encountering one single net (31) far more than our other two nets combined (3). In the end, though, an excellent if tiring day at Mr. Neil's (thanks again to Sharon and Lorraine for their hospitality!). Finished the day with 34 birds of these 12 species:

Black-capped Chickadee
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Purple Finch
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Mourning Dove (my first in 25 years!)

Many thanks are again extended to photographer extraordinaire Amber Burnette for providing the samples below of today's birds:

Some people have Dove bars, others have Dove butts...

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