The Fox Sparrow, (Passerella iliaca spp. unalaschensis), is the quintessential LBJ (little brown job) of birds. They are described in The Birds of North America series as “generally brown” and “flanks have rufous to sooty brown streaks”, “wings, upper tail coverts, and rectrices are rufous to dark sooty brown”, “upper mandible is blackish brown, . . . → Read More: Fifty Shades of Brown – The Fox Sparrow Diaries
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Created a collage of pictures showing basic steps of banding. Bander training will go into details.