Friday April 18, 2014.  53 new of 14 species; 17 recaps.  New species were Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher, Northern Cardinal, and Blue-headed Vireo.   Bird of the day was Golden-crowned Kinglet with 13 banded.

The day started out on the cold side, but ended up a beautiful, sunny day.

A friend brought two grandkids, 6 and 8 years old, who both wanted to be photographed with the ‘big bird,’ the Eastern Towhee.

Emma and Liam admire the Eastern Towhee

Emma and Liam admire the Eastern Towhee

 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Photo by Peggy Keller

Male Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Photo by Peggy Keller

 

First Brown Thrasher of Spring Photo by Peggy Keller

First Brown Thrasher of Spring
Photo by Peggy Keller

While the banding was going on, there was major activity in the fields where the cut Black Alder trees were being loaded into a wood chipper.  Volunteers from GLT, BBBO, Allyn’s Creek Garden Club and others brought armloads and wheelbarrow-loads to the wood chipper.    The removal of the invasive alder will allow the  fruiting shrubs that are more nutritious for the birds to thrive and also not crowd out the trees planted by Allyn’s Creek Garden Club.

Pat Lovallo Brings More Alder to the Wood Chipper Run by Dave Mathiason Photo by Tom Klotzbach

Pat Lovallo Brings More Alder to the Wood Chipper Run by Dave Mathiason
Photo by Tom Klotzbach

The Woodchip Pile is Growing! Photo by Tom Kotzbach

The Woodchip Pile is Growing!
Photo by Tom Klotzbach

 

Peggy Keller