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 . . . → Read More: Banding Report, 3/7/12

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 . . . → Read More: Winter Color Banding Report – Saunders Site, Feb. 29

Screech Owl Nest Box Building

My son, Alex, foster daughter, Jonali, and I attended PSBO’s owl box building event at the beginning of this month in Edmonds.  It was wonderfully organized by PSBO board members Cindy and Mark.  We started with a short bird watching walk.  The highlight was a group of common redpolls.  After that, the real fun . . . → Read More: Screech Owl Nest Box Building

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 . . . → Read More: Winter Color Banding Report – Saunders Site, Feb. 12

Winter Color Banding – Saunders Site – January 29, 2012

The day started a little drizzly and pretty slow, but ended with a bunch of activity.  We got a great look at the difference between plumages  of male and female red-breasted nuthatches.  The female had a grayish colored crown which didn’t contrast very much  with the gray back color  The male had a black crown with very . . . → Read More: Winter Color Banding – Saunders Site – January 29, 2012

Saunders Site Banding – 12/11/2011

We had a late start today due to light rain.  We opened the nets about an hour late, and only opened 3 of our usual 4 nets.  One net is under a large tree and there was just too much dripping from the tree to be able to open that net.  The day was . . . → Read More: Saunders Site Banding – 12/11/2011

Shoreline CC Banding Report 11/26/11

Written by Kira L. Wennstrom, edited by Mary Huff

It was a chilly, damp morning and bird activity was slow, but we still had some exciting moments.  We caught twelve new birds and recaptured seven, including:

Bewick's Wren recaptured at Shoreline CC on 11/26/2011

Oregon Junco–4 new House Finch–4 new Fox Sparrow–3 new . . . → Read More: Shoreline CC Banding Report 11/26/11

11/20/2011 Color-banding

Summary from the Southwick Site, written by Chris Southwick, edited by Mary Huff

Despite the fact that we didn’t start banding until 0920 due to the cold–it finally warmed up to 38 degrees F–we still managed to catch 37 birds with less than two full hours of open nets.

Highlights included a Hatch Year (HY) Downy Woodpecker . . . → Read More: 11/20/2011 Color-banding

Saunders Site Banding Summary, Nov. 13

The second day of banding at the new Saunders site was very successful.  It was overcast and damp, but we had a lot of bird activity.  We are still experimenting with this site, trying to figure out the best net positions.  We tried a new net and it was very successful.  It is located . . . → Read More: Saunders Site Banding Summary, Nov. 13

Color-banding Day 2…

Chris Southwick sent the following report from the second day of color-banding at her house this fall:

My thanks to a great team today!  12 people.  With so many banders, we were able to take care of all the birds we caught.  Nets were open the whole time.

(Picture is missing Mark Colombino, . . . → Read More: Color-banding Day 2…