Winter Color Banding Report – Saunders Site, Feb. 12

We had a great turn-out on Sunday.  The weather was overcast, but remained dry.  We had the greatest diversity of species banded thus far for this new site (seven species).  We also got a chance to really compare various ages of chestnut-backed chickadees.

Don, Mike, and Jason comparing three chestnut-backed chickadees (photo by Kim Josund)

We were also visited by a Hutton’s vireo, which Don heard calling prior to getting caught in the net.

Hutton's Vireo (photo by Kim Josund)

Having Don back from Louisiana was great, and he shared much of his banding expertise with us, such as with processing the Hutton’s vireo, Townsend’s warbler, and comparing chickadees.

Don explaining the age determination of the Hutton's vireo (photo by Kim Josund)

We were also revisited by the Townsend’s warbler we caught during the last banding session.  Still hanging around a couple weeks later.  Total banded was 16.

New Captures:

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet (1), Chestnut-Backed Chickadee (4), Hutton’s Vireo (1), Black-Capped Chickadee (1), and Oregon Junco (1).


Bewick’s Wren(1), Black-Capped Chickadee (2), Townsend’s Warbler (1), and Chestnut-Backed Chickadee (4).

Thanks to all the volunteers: Kim, Polly, Don, Mike, Jason, and Emily.  Next banding date for Saunders site is February 26.


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