Banding Report, 3/7/12

Written by Chris Southwick, edited by Mary Huff

Lots of wind, and a little cool sun conspired to keep the bird numbers down.  We only caught 17 birds:

7 Oregon Junco, all new
3 Black-capped Chickadees, 1 new, 2 recaptures
1 Chestnut-backed Chickadee, new
5 Pine Siskins, 4 new, 1 recapture
1 Varied Thrust, new

We also had at least two Spotted Towhees, five plus Oregon Juncos, and another Varied Thrush feeding along the fence with the net between them and us; guess they weren’t in the mood for jewelry.  I swear they were grinning at us.

There were also three Band-tailed Pigeons that watched for awhile, went away, and then later came back after everyone left and I put out more seed.   Some American Robins chirped about coming to the bird baths, but changed their minds.  Most of the banders saw the adult Bald Eagle that was soaring east past Hamlin Park.

The Varied Thrush we caught was a Second Year–it had no blue on him anywhere; only black.  The blue will come this summer.  That’s the first second year Varied Thrush for me.

We also had a Pine Siskin that had eleven bright yellow feathers on each wing.  That showed that it could be classified as a male.  The PISI also is the first bird that I know where the wing chord length is used to help determine a juvenile or After Hatch Year, not sex [there are probably others].  Only up to 35% of PISI can be determined by plumage.

Thanks to the banders:  Emma, Cindy, Erin Sara, Megan, Mark, and Jason.

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