We got a good day of banding in at Pine Gulch today, catching 18 birds, 9 new, 9 recaptures.
Six of the birds we caught were Anna's hummingbirds. The first three we caught were within 3 inches of each other in a net, two males and a female, which had clearly been chasing each other.
Here is an after second year male, with a full crown and gorget:
The ASY male being weighed
Here is what I think we decided was an unknown aged female, with some feathers in it's gorget and two pink crown feathers:
Here is an after hatch year female, which had a limited number of pink gorget feathers, and no pink in it's crown:
When processing birds we do a lot of blowing of air on their bodies and through their feathers to take a look at molt, brood patches, cloacal protuberances, fat, etc. Some birds have feathers everywhere, but interestingly hummingbirds do not (this is not a brood patch):
Wrentit being weighed:
A bushtit with lots of pollen around it's bill. The light iris color means it's a female:
Michael caught in an awkward moment:
The view from the banding spot at Pine Gulch, apparently it snowed at the top yesterday...
It's been raining here for a week, so nothing new to report really. I do have my NABC (North American Banding Council) banding certification test coming up next week, so there's been a lot of reviewing for that.
I just scanned these in to send to Baylis, so I thought I'd put them up for others too. The noodles are the spicy noodles you have had at our house in Leverett if you've ever been around for a summer meal.
We had 35 birds on Friday at Pine Gulch, a very nice change from the normal slow days recently. Off the top of my head we had: yellow rumped warblers (audubon's and myrtle), white crowned sparrows, golden crowned sparrows, fox sparrows, song sparrows, a lincoln's sparrow, a wrentit, two robins, hermit thrushes, an anna's hummingbird, and probably others...
All of the warblers had lots of pollen surrounding their bills, bunching up their feathers