Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bird Banding at Oak Hammock Marsh

This August and September I've been very fortunate to volunteer at the Delta Marsh Bird Observatory which is stationed at Oak Hammock Marsh.

 It has been a very interesting and exciting season of banding, with all sorts of neat birds being caught.

Earlier on in the season there were always tonnes of Barn Swallows flying around the area, and therefore quite a few of them ended up in our nets.
Barn Swallow
Marsh Wren
American Redstart
 We only caught a few Bank Swallows, which are really adorable and have tiny legs.
Bank Swallow
A vicious chickadee. Chickadee aren't very common at the marsh
Bobolink
Nashville Warbler

One day a Solitary Sandpiper managed to find its way into the nets, a station first!
Solitary Sandpiper
Many birds after a busy net check
House Wren, uncommon at the marsh
 Sparrows are big at Oak Hammock.
Le Conte's Sparrow
Harris' Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)
So that is a few of the highlights from the banding at Oak Hammock Marsh, I am still going two times a week until the end of September, so I'm sure we'll still catch some great birds.

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