Saturday August 31, 2013

When I went to bed on Friday night, the weather looked bad for opening the banding station at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory on Saturday morning. But when I got up early on Saturday, the RADAR scan was clear, so we opened as scheduled. The total number of new birds banded was only 28, but we had good diversity. We banded birds from 14 species, of which 10 were warbler species (See photo highlights posted).

First Fall Ovenbird Photo by John Waud

First Fall Ovenbird
Photo by John Waud

Jenna & Megan Using the Magnification to Age the Ovenbird by Skulling Photo by John Waud

Jenna & Megan Using the Magnifying Glass to Help in Ageing the Ovenbird by Skulling
Photo by John Waud

First Fall Canada Warbler Photo by John Waud

First Fall Canada Warbler
Photo by John Waud

Late in the morning, I went on a net check and watched as two Mourning Doves flew into one of the nets. Doves do not really get caught in the nets, so I had to move quickly. I was fast enough to capture one of them by gently holding the net near the bird so that it could not escape. The other one got away. While Mourning Doves are a common species, it is unusual to have the opportunity to band one. We had a lottery to decide which of the banders present would band the bird. One of the newer banders won the lottery and was able to band the dove. It was a good experience for her and she did a very good job.

First Mourning Dove of the Fall Season Photo by John Waud

First Mourning Dove of the Fall Season
Photo by John Waud

At the end of the day, everyone felt like we had a good early season banding session.

John Waud, Bander in Charge