First Day of Banding, and a New Woodpecker, for Adult Camp

On Monday morning we put up one net in our campsite, across the drip that continues to draw in birds. We caught a small number of birds, just right for the first day, so everyone had a chance to get started slowly, with plenty of time for the trainers to check birds, instruct, and . . . → Read More: First Day of Banding, and a New Woodpecker, for Adult Camp

A day off – to band 60 more birds!

The teens left on Friday, and remaining trainers Dan and Ben decided to do some more banding on their off day before the adult trainees showed up on Sunday. They caught about 60 birds, of 18 species, with a strong emphasis on juvenile warblers. Some species we’ve yet to mention – a juvenile and . . . → Read More: A day off – to band 60 more birds!

Cooling Temperatures

Examining a Pygmy Nuthatch

Last night, for the first time, we felt a considerable chill in the air overnight that required a little more diligent sleeping bag use. We got a bit of late start, and so did the birds. At first there were no birds around, and then we started seeing and catching . . . → Read More: Cooling Temperatures

Five Woodpeckers and Counting…

Last night we put up some nets by the edge of the lake to try to catch one of the Common Nighthawks that we’ve been watching circle the lake each evening. We managed to catch one in our net, and all gathered around in the darkness to observe the bird’s especially soft plumage, very . . . → Read More: Five Woodpeckers and Counting…

Really Getting Rolling

Returning from a net run

On the first morning of banding with everyone up there we put up a small number of nets, and caught 50 birds! The teens did a terrific job processing the birds, and with so many returnees, assistants abound. A birding exploration the previous night turned up a Western Wood-pewee . . . → Read More: Really Getting Rolling

McDaniel Lake – Jackpot!

Not only is the campground lovely, shady, and equipped with the perfectly serviceable outhouse pictured above, it’s teeming with birds, particularly some great Ponderosa Pine specialties. We set up 4 nets for a few hours (with a fairly late start), and caught 14 birds! The first bird we caught was a Pygmy Nuthatch! . . . → Read More: McDaniel Lake – Jackpot!

Some GREAT birds to end on!

Teen banding camp wrapped up on Friday with some fabulous birds. The group was lucky enough to net and band an American Three-toed Woodpecker and a Wilson’s Snipe! Data summaries for the week will be posted soon – in the meantime, take a look at these beautiful birds! Lots more photos in the slide . . . → Read More: Some GREAT birds to end on!