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

Raptor Trapping Techniques

Skagit Raptor Project Trapping Techniques By Ben Vang-Johnson, Project Lead

PSBO’s Skagit Raptor project utilizes three raptor trapping techniques to capture raptors for banding.  All three were developed by falconers in India many centuries ago.  These techniques take advantage of raptors’ hunting behaviors to capture them.

The bal-chatri is a versatile trap that can . . . → Read More: Raptor Trapping Techniques

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