Teen camp: bird bonanza & headlamp soccer encore

Photo by Sarah Krueger

After a slow morning at the mist nets at Cash Prairie (elevation 6,000 feet), bird activity suddenly picked up and yielded the highest capture day of the season.   The Teen Banding Camp students practiced handling and banding 58 birds – including  over 30 juvenile Oregon Juncos and a female Williamson’s . . . → Read More: Teen camp: bird bonanza & headlamp soccer encore

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

McChord AFB, Period 10: 30 July, 2009

Banders: Daniel Froehlich (driver), Chris Kessler, Ryan Merrill, Tayler Brooks

Well, the MAPS season at McChord kind of fizzled out today with nary a warbler in the nets. Warblers were scarce in general this year, with about one-quarter the number of Common Yellowthroats last year, for example. Instead, we cleaned up on sparrows with juvenile juncos, towhees . . . → Read More: McChord AFB, Period 10: 30 July, 2009

McChord Summary for 26 June 2008

My favorite part of the station is where the willow thickets along the short stream flowing from the pond to the pothole wetlands tuck under the old, towering Douglas firs hugging the pond shore. Fledglings congregate, the pond shimmers, Douglas squirrels chatter, the stream burbles, and every now and then gentle sylphs whisper in . . . → Read More: McChord Summary for 26 June 2008

McChord Summary for 16 June 2008

This week we had 50 birds in the nets, pretty typical for McChord. While birders are reporting nesting failures and abandoned clutches, attributed to this summer’s unusually cold and wet temperatures, birds at McChord seemed to be right on schedule: The wetland by net 19 is host to family groups of Orange-crowned and MacGillivray’s . . . → Read More: McChord Summary for 16 June 2008