My apologies. I had to rush off just after closing the nets so I don’t have any idea how successful we were today. But I’m posting some photos that give an idea of the day – I can fill you in with the facts tomorrow. What I can say for sure is that at least 2 (probably 3) Pine Warblers were counted on the census.
We also had the first home-made baked goods of the year: chocolate chip cookies made by Joanne Fleet!!
For comparison with the young (SY) Red-winged Blackbird shown yesterday, here’s a picture of an older (ASY) bird. Note the overall black plumage and the brilliant red epaulette.
One of the things you learn when you catch lots of birds is that they get sick and hurt – not by the catching and banding but through the rigours of living their lives in an often hostile, dangerous environment. Here’s two pictures of old injuries sustained by different birds that have healed and they are managing to survive with.