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
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.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fall Update

Hi all! Sorry for such a long while without posted. I was attending the Young Ornithologist Workshop at Long Point earlier for the first half of august, and after that I was on a road trip to Nebraska for a few days to see the solar eclipse, which was spectacular.

I have lots to post about, including my trips to Europe, Churchill, Long point, and the fall birds I've seen recently.

I've also been volunteering at the Delta Marsh Bird Observatory at Oak Hammock Marsh, helping out with bird banding. It has been a lot of fun, and we've caught some interesting birds.

American Redstart

I've been doing a lot of birding, both around my house and out for fall warblers, which I hope to make one or two posts about as well. So stay tuned, there's lots of posts to come. :)

American Redstart