A family occasion: family banding weekend!

Three families braved the threat of the campside rattlesnake and joined us at the McDaniel Lake field station for our first ever family banding weekend. We were fortunate to have 9 year old Andrew and 11 year old Ellery, both with a deep interest in birds. For them, observing our researchers identify flycatchers in . . . → Read More: A family occasion: family banding weekend!

Of sparrows & sapsuckers

Photo by Dan Froehlich.

Lincoln’s Sparrows up at Cash Prairie continued to pose identification challenges for the student

Lincoln's Sparrow. Photo by Dan Froehlich.

banders, illustrating that bird id in the hand is quite different than in the field.  In the hand people use field marks quite different from those often . . . → Read More: Of sparrows & sapsuckers

Interesting plumage

Spotted towhee. Photo by Dan Froehlich.

Despite the unusual rains, we’ve caught some interesting birds.  This Spotted Towhee surprised us at Cash Prairie.  Last year, we didn’t have SPTO at any of our sites, though we detected them regularly down lower just above the Nile Valley.  This juvenile was interesting not just for . . . → Read More: Interesting plumage

A soggy season in the high country

Rain in the high country. Photo by Dan Froehlich.

This season up in the Cascades is shaping up to be quite different than 2009.  Most importantly, it’s been quite wet, with repeated rain showers and some of the most dramatic thunderstorms I’ve ever experienced in Washington.  This storm moved down the Rattlesnake . . . → Read More: A soggy season in the high country

Warblers, thunderstorms & rattlers

Audubon's warbler. Photo by Dan Froehlich.

Warblers have been in short supply so far this year.  Only a few locally breeding Audubon’s Warblers have gotten caught, including this adult SY with 4 generations of feathers on its wing!  Note the juvenal primary coverts, the formative outer greater coverts, the first alternate inner . . . → Read More: Warblers, thunderstorms & rattlers

Too much Pyle on the brain….

Top row L to R: Scott, Roberta, Don, Dan, Erin Sarah. Bottom row L to R: Samantha, Vanessa, Eric, Julia, Clint, Cindy, Nancy, Gail. Photographer: Andrea Wuenschel.

This is what happens at Banding Camp when you have too much Pyle on the . . . → Read More: Too much Pyle on the brain….

Adult Banding Camp Begins!

The lush meadow at McDaniel Lake. Photo by Andrea Wuenschel.

We arrived at McDaniel Lake for our annual Adult Banding Camp to find the stream higher, the vegetation greener and the mosquitoes hungrier than last year. We started banding on Monday with results that surprised us at first: last year most of our . . . → Read More: Adult Banding Camp Begins!

2010 Cascades Banding Camp Registration is now open!

We’ll be headed back to McDaniel Lake for another season of Cascades Banding Camp. Adult Training is July 25th – 31st.Teen Training is August 9th-13th.

Contact Emily at emily@pugetsoundbirds.org for more info or to . . . → Read More: 2010 Cascades Banding Camp Registration is now open!

Free Bird Monitoring Training

How to find and report color-banded birds

Learn more about PSBO’s Birds Wintering in Urban Landscapes project, and how you can contribute. This project uses color coded leg bands to track chickadees and juncos in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. We need observers to help us find and identify . . . → Read More: Free Bird Monitoring Training

Teen Camp Report

Read a great report by Seattle Audubon’s BirdWatch Coordinator, Carly Gelarden about this year’s teen banding camp.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading this blog. Data summary will be coming soon, and check back for information on next summer’s training program.

Or email Emily Sprong (emily at pugetsoundbirds dot org) if you’d like . . . → Read More: Teen Camp Report