The most fun bird of the day last Saturday was definitely the Ruffed Grouse. We flushed it into the net at the 2nd to the last net check… Tom was quick to get it contained and in the hand. I wish I had been carrying my camera during net check, but alas.
Tom does not have a permit to target game birds for banding. But since his study is to monitor all avian activity at the Sanctuary, he was able to band this. (The same loophole applied last year when we banded the Woodcock… Click here for that story.)
The new Pyle guide for bird banders did not specify which size band to use… so Tom had to measure using a leg gauge.
They say a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush:
In our case, a bird in the hand was worth (at least) three in the bush. Several were disturbed as we walked by… Only this one made it into the net.
That was pretty cool…