First Day of Banding, and a New Woodpecker, for Adult Camp

On Monday morning we put up one net in our campsite, across the drip that continues to draw in birds. We caught a small number of birds, just right for the first day, so everyone had a chance to get started slowly, with plenty of time for the trainers to check birds, instruct, and . . . → Read More: First Day of Banding, and a New Woodpecker, for Adult Camp

Really Getting Rolling

Returning from a net run

On the first morning of banding with everyone up there we put up a small number of nets, and caught 50 birds! The teens did a terrific job processing the birds, and with so many returnees, assistants abound. A birding exploration the previous night turned up a Western Wood-pewee . . . → Read More: Really Getting Rolling

The Seattle Audubon Teens arrive!

This year we have our largest group of teens ever, 12 in total. With 4 staff members onsite, we have a total of 16 people in the field. Luckily, we have the campground entirely to ourselves.

Many of the teens are members of BirdWatch, Seattle Audubon’s excellent teen program, but others have come just . . . → Read More: The Seattle Audubon Teens arrive!

McDaniel Lake – Jackpot!

Not only is the campground lovely, shady, and equipped with the perfectly serviceable outhouse pictured above, it’s teeming with birds, particularly some great Ponderosa Pine specialties. We set up 4 nets for a few hours (with a fairly late start), and caught 14 birds! The first bird we caught was a Pygmy Nuthatch! . . . → Read More: McDaniel Lake – Jackpot!