June 3, 2011

Best day so far

Today Amanda and I had a really great day banding at Redwood Creek. We caught a total of 41 birds, with 16 species. The highlights were 2 barn swallows, a tree swallow, a black-headed grosbeak, a warbling vireo, and mix of juvenile birds! We also ran into a female common merganser with 4 chicks, shortly before peeking into the hummingbird nest I found the week before, which now has two cute little raisin-like nestlings in it.

Female black-headed grosbeak
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Steller's Jay
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Barn swallow #1
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Barn swallow #1, female
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Barn swallow #2, male
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Barn swallow #2, awesome tail, and with a couple of retained primaries in there
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Barn swallow secondaries, very cool heart shape, which you don't see in other birds
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Male California quail
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All three of us, wearing hats
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Tree swallow
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Hummingbird raisins
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1 comment:

  1. WHAT???? You guys caught swallows?! I'm SO jealous!

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