This weekend, students from David Bonter’s “Field Methods in Bird Banding Class” descended on BBBO to practice their developing banding skills.  The 18 students (including 2 TAs) spent both Saturday and Sunday running the station, and they did a fantastic job!

Saturday October 17, 2015:  54 new birds of 11 species; 20 recaps.  Bird of the day was Golden-crowned Kinglet with 24 new bands.  It was the coldest morning of the year so far, so the class made 15 minute net checks until about the second hour after sunrise.  Most of the students had only banded a small handful of feeder birds (chickadees and woodpeckers!), so it was great for them to get experience with a different variety of species and a larger number of birds.  By the end of the day, it was clear that the students were much more confident and comfortable at the banding table.  Highlights included a Nashville Warbler caught first thing in the morning.  We tried for owls later in the evening, but we came up completely empty.

Sunday October 18, 2015:  116 new birds of 12 species, 29 recaps.  Bird of the day was Golden-crowned Kinglet with 44 new bands.  Highlights included a Sharp-shinned Hawk, Hairy Woodpecker, and Eastern Phoebe.  Most of the Saturday’s students stuck around for today, and three new students filtered in.  It was chilly again, but overall we had a really successful day with enough birds to keep everyone busy all morning.

The flock of sparrows (white-throated, white-crowned, and song) in the parking lot continues.  We are able to see that most of them are banded – so we feel like we have done our job pretty thoroughly!