Bird Banding at Audubon

I finally had a Saturday with enough time in the schedule to at least stop by the banding station at Audubon.  After hitting the snooze button a bunch of times, I arrived “late” at 6:30 or so.  Nets were already up, but they had not done the first net check.

I never ended up going on a net check because I got immediately distracted by the Eastern Bluebird pair working hard to feed the nestlings who are so close to being ready to fledge.

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I waited (im)patiently to try for a shot of a parent removing a fecal sac after feeding. Bluebird parents keep a tidy nest.

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In preparation for nature photography classes I’ll be teaching Tuesday evenings in July, I spent most of the time practicing with my 100-400mm lens. I didn’t have my tripod, but Terry LeBaron loaned me his. Thanks, Terry!

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Eastern Cottontail

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House Wren – sporting some bling!

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Baltimore Checkerspot Caterpillar

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Skipper

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I think it might be a Blue Dasher teneral… Colors will change as it becomes mature.

Then it was back to the banding station and a quick lens change:

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Emily Thomas and a Gray Catbird

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Emily checks the molt limit on a Song Sparrow

That’s all for now. Bye!

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Yellow Warbler Female

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5 thoughts on “Bird Banding at Audubon

  1. Beautiful photos. Especially the one of the Warbler! I’m new to ”bird watching” – I’m not even sure that’s what I should call it. My interest in birds has exploded over the last year – I guess because I finally took the time to slow down and observe how amazing they are. Now I’m hooked. I’m glad to have come across your site.

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