June 2, 2016

Spring Season 2016 Fifth and Sixth Week Highlights

The last two weeks of banding this season netted us 648 new birds and 55 species. Below are some pictorial highlights:

The Three Rivers Birding Club from Pittsburgh admiring a Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Releasing a Great-crested Flycatcher
Banding Demonstration
A visitor helping to release a banded bird.
Banding a Yellow Warbler- our top species for this season
A Second Year Male Red-winged Blackbird
Banding a Wood Thrush.
Checking a Yellow Warbler for a brood patch. As we
didn't want to keep birds that were previously banded
off of their eggs for too long, we would record the extent
of their brood patch and release at net
Bay-breasted Warbler, one of only two caught this season.
Wilson's Warbler. One of our later migrants. We banded 18 this season.
Measuring the wing length of a Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Ovenbird. We banded 13 this season.
Black-throated Green Warbler. This species arrived later than usual this season.
Tennessee Warbler. For a few days they were singing
their little hearts out around the banding station.
Our BIC amazed to still be capturing
Magnolia Warblers on the very last day of banding.
Canada Warbler. This season we netted 7, all males.
Mourning Warbler, one of 11 we banded this year
Northern Parula. 
Chestnut-sided Warbler.
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Our youngest volunteer, Addison, watching the
banding process very intently.
Philadelphia Vireo. This year we caught 4 and before that
we had not banded any since 2013.

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