Fifty Shades of Brown – The Fox Sparrow Diaries

The Fox Sparrow, (Passerella iliaca spp. unalaschensis), is the quintessential LBJ (little brown job) of birds. They are described in The Birds of North America series as “generally brown” and “flanks have rufous to sooty brown streaks”, “wings, upper tail coverts, and rectrices are rufous to dark sooty brown”, “upper mandible is blackish brown, . . . → Read More: Fifty Shades of Brown – The Fox Sparrow Diaries

2013 Birds at the Burke

By Christine Southwick, PSBO President

Thanks to everyone who came out to meet us at the recent Birds at the Burke event! We made a lot of new friends, caught up with old friends, and provided some great opportunities for hands-on learning.

Outside, we had a mist net set up with a display about . . . → Read More: 2013 Birds at the Burke

Morse MAPS July 20, 2013 Field Report

Report from the Field : Morse Preserve MAPS July 20, 2013 By Don Norman, PSBO board member

The July 20th session was just me and 1 other bander – Dana Acevedo, who escaped her 2 kids to try and get the rust out of her fingers. And she was fast! She covered 7 nets . . . → Read More: Morse MAPS July 20, 2013 Field Report

Morse Field Report: Banding on July 14, 2013

Field report by Don Norman, PSBO Board Member

Well it was like “old times” with Clarice Clark and I the only ones at Morse on a still, sunny day.  We still had a nice steady day with 37 captures of 12 species.  There wasn’t much time to gab and visit the tower, as we . . . → Read More: Morse Field Report: Banding on July 14, 2013

July 4 MAPS Banding at Morse

Turned out to be a pretty good day at Morse with a total of 33 birds. Thanks to all the folks who turned out to help!

Here’s the summary:

Recaptures: American robin = 1 Swainson’s thrush = 8 Bewick’s wren = 1 Oregon junco = 1 Western tanager = 1 Orange-crowned warbler = 1 . . . → Read More: July 4 MAPS Banding at Morse

September 2013 Weekend Bander Training

PSBO is pleased to announce a local two-weekend bird bander training class. Training will be held at the Northwest Stream Center, just off Interstate 5, between Seattle and Everett. This non-resident (for commuters) will take place over two weekends and is for beginner banders or those who have had some training but want to hone . . . → Read More: September 2013 Weekend Bander Training

Bander training in pictures

Created a collage of pictures showing basic steps of banding.  Bander training will go into details.

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Winter Color Banding Report – Saunders Site, March 25

A very beautiful, but slow day.  We only banded a total of 6 birds.  But we had good company, with a great turnout of volunteers: Polly, Kim, Charlie, Natalie, Jason, and Emily.  We continue the trend of catching varied thrushes.

New Captures: pine siskin (1), black-capped chickadee (2), varied thrush (1)

Recaptures: black-capped chickadee . . . → Read More: Winter Color Banding Report – Saunders Site, March 25

Winter Color Banding Report – Saunders Site, March 11

A typical day at the Saunders Site.  We continue to get varied thrushes nearly every banding session.

New captures: Oregon junco(1), varied thrush (1), pine siskin (2), black-capped chickadee (3), red-breasted nuthatch (1), chestnut-backed chickadee (1)

Recaptures: Oregon junco (1), black-capped chickadee (1), chestnut-backed chickadee (1)

Thanks to the volunteers Natalie, Polly, Kim, and . . . → Read More: Winter Color Banding Report – Saunders Site, March 11

Banding Report, 3/10/12

Written by Kira Wennstrom, edited by Mary Huff

Though the day started a little damp, the site was very active today.  We caught 32 birds, though only 31 were banded (we released a Pine Siskin due to a shortage of size zero bands.)  Here are the tallies:

5 new Oregon Juncos and 2 recaptures 2 new . . . → Read More: Banding Report, 3/10/12