Sora rail release

Ryan, our Audubon staffer, let the Sora go out by the marsh where the students first discovered it.  The bird took off from his hand, proving to be a remarkably strong flier.  Ironically, it flew clear across the marsh and landed on the far bank of the pond; after a brief recovery, it ran . . . → Read More: Sora rail release

Sora rail portraits

All the students had a chance to hold the Sora so they could experience firsthand where the expression “thin as a rail” originates:  rails actually show extreme lateral compression to their breastbone, presumably to aid their forays through their favored, densely vegetated marsh habitat.

Sarah, our communications coordinator came up for a day, to . . . → Read More: Sora rail portraits

Think like a Sora Rail

Photo by Dan Froehlich

The highlight of teen banding camp came on Thursday when the students flushed a Sora Rail out of the marsh that chanced to fly up toward the camp and tried to hide among some dark Ponderosa trunks.  Everyone sprang into action to encircle the tree and trap the odd . . . → Read More: Think like a Sora Rail

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

Teen Camp Report

Read a great report by Seattle Audubon’s BirdWatch Coordinator, Carly Gelarden about this year’s teen banding camp.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading this blog. Data summary will be coming soon, and check back for information on next summer’s training program.

Or email Emily Sprong (emily at pugetsoundbirds dot org) if you’d like . . . → Read More: Teen Camp Report

The Teens!

The whole group at McDaniel Lake Here are some pictures of Seattle Audubon’s budding ornithologists. Twelve high school students who were thrilled to spend the week studying birds – one even came all the way from New Jersey. For anyone out there who was a young birder at one time, you either know how . . . → Read More: The Teens!

Five Woodpeckers and Counting…

Last night we put up some nets by the edge of the lake to try to catch one of the Common Nighthawks that we’ve been watching circle the lake each evening. We managed to catch one in our net, and all gathered around in the darkness to observe the bird’s especially soft plumage, very . . . → Read More: Five Woodpeckers and Counting…

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!