McChord AFB, Period 8: July 15, 2010

Daniel Froehlich, driver

Ken Hoffman

There were only two of us at McChord today—thankfully my wife’s  father pinch-hit as scribe today. Notable were the many HY Bewick’s Wrens and Song Sparrows. At the end of the session streams of birds headed for the water at net 16 where we caught six Puget Sound White-crowned . . . → Read More: McChord AFB, Period 8: July 15, 2010

A day off – to band 60 more birds!

The teens left on Friday, and remaining trainers Dan and Ben decided to do some more banding on their off day before the adult trainees showed up on Sunday. They caught about 60 birds, of 18 species, with a strong emphasis on juvenile warblers. Some species we’ve yet to mention – a juvenile and . . . → Read More: A day off – to band 60 more birds!

McChord AFB, Period 7: 3 July, 2009

Banders: Daniel Froehlich (driver), Brett Wolfe, Ben Johnson, Tayler Brooks

The birds kept us busy all day on July 3rd, with the highest number of captures yet, one more than the first day. It was our first sunny day, though it only started getting hot only after we closed the nets. The most unusual captures were . . . → Read More: McChord AFB, Period 7: 3 July, 2009

McChord AFB, Period 6: 25 June 2009

Banders: Daniel Froehlich, Dana Acevedo (driver), Ben Johnson

After a couple of cool days, this one was no different, on the verge of raining several times. We got lucky again. But our captures probably suffered with a pretty low turnout of just 34 captures for the day. We made up a bit for low numbers of . . . → Read More: McChord AFB, Period 6: 25 June 2009

McChord AFB, Period 5: June 11, 2009

Banders: Mike Walker, Daniel Froehlich, Chris Kessler (driver), Ben Johnson

On June 11, rain threatened to disrupt our banding, but we were lucky: it started spitting just after we’d closed nets for the day. The species composition today was almost identical to last period’s: switch out Chipping Sparrow for Junco and MacGillivray’s Warbler for Western Tanager and . . . → Read More: McChord AFB, Period 5: June 11, 2009

McChord Summary for 12 July 2008

Certainly the most remarkable bird today was a wizened MacGillivray’s Warbler recapture of a bird originally banded as an adult in May 2001. This sets a new longevity record for this species: 7 years and 2 months from first capture to recapture (which is the same as the current longevity record), but an individual . . . → Read More: McChord Summary for 12 July 2008

McChord summary for 2 June 2008

On June 2, 2008, we banded at McChord under cloudy skies, cool temperatures. We caught 63 individuals of 16 species. Highlights included a pair of Brown Creepers feeding nestlings in a nest in a split tree right next to one of the netlanes. The two recaptures each of Song Sparrow and Bewick’s Wren were . . . → Read More: McChord summary for 2 June 2008