Raptor Banding Report January 25, 2014

By Ben Vang-Johnson, Lead Researcher

Today we went banding.  The day started pretty foggy.  Sometimes it was difficult to see even the nearby tree tops.  We deployed traps near a few different red-tailed hawks over the first few hours.  All the hawks seemed to be in great position to be trapped, but none even . . . → Read More: Raptor Banding Report January 25, 2014

Skagit Raptor Project Report December 21, 2013

By Ben Vang-Johnson, Project Lead

Today was a banding day.  It started out quick, with numerous raptors in good position to try to trap.  We attempted to trap a red-tailed hawk high up in a tree.  We waited quite a while, and finally the hawk saw the mouse, showed some interest, and then dove . . . → Read More: Skagit Raptor Project Report December 21, 2013

Skagit Flats Raptors Field Report 12-7-2013

By Ben Vang-Johnson

Saturday was sunny and beautiful, but cold.  Perhaps the birds were affected by the cold, but for whatever reason we saw far fewer birds than usual.  It proved to be a frustrating day.  We tried trapping several red-tailed hawks, but they seemed content to sit tight on their perches.  A great . . . → Read More: Skagit Flats Raptors Field Report 12-7-2013

Skagit Raptors Field Report November 30, 2013

By Ben Vang Johnson, Project Lead

On Saturday we went out on a banding trip.  It was overcast with occasional drizzle.  Raptors seemed scarce to find at first.  We made an attempt to trap a hunting female American kestrel.  She was hunting a field from powerlines.  We placed a bal-chatri trap baited with mice . . . → Read More: Skagit Raptors Field Report November 30, 2013

Field Notes From Borneo

Black-and-red broadbill

Teaching Banding at Danau Girang Field Centre by Suzanne Tomassi, PSBO Vice President 

Every year or so, I head off to another continent to participate in research or teaching with bird species I don’t get to study here – birds of lineages often entirely unrelated to what we encounter in the US.  . . . → Read More: Field Notes From Borneo

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

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