Fifty Shades of Brown – The Fox Sparrow Diaries

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

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

Banding Report, 3/10/12

Written by Kira Wennstrom, edited by Mary Huff

Though the day started a little damp, the site was very active today.  We caught 32 birds, though only 31 were banded (we released a Pine Siskin due to a shortage of size zero bands.)  Here are the tallies:

5 new Oregon Juncos and 2 recaptures 2 new . . . → Read More: Banding Report, 3/10/12

Banding Report, 3/7/12

Written by Chris Southwick, edited by Mary Huff

Lots of wind, and a little cool sun conspired to keep the bird numbers down.  We only caught 17 birds:

7 Oregon Junco, all new 3 Black-capped Chickadees, 1 new, 2 recaptures 1 Chestnut-backed Chickadee, new 5 Pine Siskins, 4 new, 1 recapture 1 Varied Thrust, new

We also had . . . → Read More: Banding Report, 3/7/12

Winter Color Banding Report – Saunders Site, Feb. 29

The day was highlighted by strange weather.  Although we had to close the nets for about an hour due to snow, we enjoyed the day.  We banded a total of 13 birds, mostly of the usual suspects (chickadees, juncos, sparrows), but we also got a pair of varied thrushes (male and female found together . . . → Read More: Winter Color Banding Report – Saunders Site, Feb. 29

Winter Color Banding Report – Saunders Site, Feb. 12

We had a great turn-out on Sunday.  The weather was overcast, but remained dry.  We had the greatest diversity of species banded thus far for this new site (seven species).  We also got a chance to really compare various ages of chestnut-backed chickadees.

Don, Mike, and Jason comparing three chestnut-backed chickadees (photo by . . . → Read More: Winter Color Banding Report – Saunders Site, Feb. 12

Winter Color Banding – Saunders Site – January 29, 2012

The day started a little drizzly and pretty slow, but ended with a bunch of activity.  We got a great look at the difference between plumages  of male and female red-breasted nuthatches.  The female had a grayish colored crown which didn’t contrast very much  with the gray back color  The male had a black crown with very . . . → Read More: Winter Color Banding – Saunders Site – January 29, 2012

Saunders Site Banding – 12/11/2011

We had a late start today due to light rain.  We opened the nets about an hour late, and only opened 3 of our usual 4 nets.  One net is under a large tree and there was just too much dripping from the tree to be able to open that net.  The day was . . . → Read More: Saunders Site Banding – 12/11/2011

Shoreline CC Banding Report 11/26/11

Written by Kira L. Wennstrom, edited by Mary Huff

It was a chilly, damp morning and bird activity was slow, but we still had some exciting moments.  We caught twelve new birds and recaptured seven, including:

Bewick's Wren recaptured at Shoreline CC on 11/26/2011

Oregon Junco–4 new House Finch–4 new Fox Sparrow–3 new . . . → Read More: Shoreline CC Banding Report 11/26/11