As I walked across the lawn, Jordon or Tom (?) called out, “Hey, Jen! Want to band a Cardinal?”
I knew why they asked. Cardinals have very strong bills and their bite can be quite painful. Still, I answered, “Sure!”
(My, I look old and wrinkly in this picture. That’s what getting up at 4:30 a.m. two days in a row will do for you… well… that and living on the planet for several decades… Or maybe my new camera is defective. Yeah… that’s it…)
You have to use a special band for Cardinals… Steel. I squeezed and squeezed, but couldn’t get it to close. Had to give it over to Tom:
After the wing and tail measurements, Tom suggested I take a bill measurement, too… just for practice. I had never used the calipers before. They are pretty cool:
Isn’t he a handsome boy? Interestingly, he never bit me… But he bit everyone else who held him: Tom, Jordon, and Solon.
Good Birdie. Nice Birdie.