Winter Color Banding Report – Saunders Site, Feb. 29

The day was highlighted by strange weather.  Although we had to close the nets for about an hour due to snow, we enjoyed the day.  We banded a total of 13 birds, mostly of the usual suspects (chickadees, juncos, sparrows), but we also got a pair of varied thrushes (male and female found together in the net) and a red-breasted nuthatch.  The most interesting catch was a recapture of a Oregon junco originally banded at the old Fiene site on January 23, 2011.  This was the first bird we recaptured that was originally banded at the Fiene site, which is surprising considering the close proximity of the two sites.

New Captures:

Chestnut-backed chickadee (1), varied thrush (2)

Recaptures:

Chestnut-backed chickadee (3), black-capped chickadee(2), Oregon junco (3), red-breasted nuthatch(1), and song sparrow (1).

Thanks to all the volunteers: Natalie, Emma, Polly, and Libby.  We were also visited by a neighborhood family.

Ben

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