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

McChord AFB, Period 9: 26 July, 2009

Banders: Daniel Froehlich, Chris Kessler (driver), Brett Wolfe, Tayler Brooks

Today we experienced some excitement, because I forgot to make key arrangements in advance to access the site through the usual locked McChord gate. I only realized this as we were driving down from Seattle. What to do? Well, on the off-chance that our trusty key-master in . . . → Read More: McChord AFB, Period 9: 26 July, 2009

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 Summary for 7 July 2008

Activity at the station changed markedly today: the fledglings are out and adults are going crazy keeping track of them and feeding them to shut them up. Evolutionary biologists consider juvenile vocal begging as a kind of extortion: “I won’t shut up unless you feed me,” threatening the adults’ reproductive success by attracting predators. . . . → Read More: McChord Summary for 7 July 2008

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