Banding Demo at Connecticut’s Sherwood Island State Park was a Big Success

Master Bander Judy R. checks a Black and White Warbler for fat.

Master Bander Judy R. checks a Black and White Warbler for fat.

We Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Bird Banders were asked to demonstrate bird banding on Saturday at Sherwood Island State Park as a part of the CT Department of Energy and the Environment’s (DEEP) Great Parks Pursuit program.  This fits in well with CT Audubon’s State of the Birds report “Where is the Next Generation of Conservationists Coming From?” and the DEEP’s slogan “No Child Left Inside.”  There were nearly 1,000 people at the park and we showed the banding process to hundreds of them.   The awestruck looks on the children’s faces when they see the birds  close up is always a joy for me.  We let them release the birds (under strict supervision) and I believe we turn the children on to birds for life.

Exhibiting a Swamp Sparrow

Exhibiting a Swamp Sparrow

Banders and birders check the trees.

Banders and birders check the trees.

The park was full of songbirds as there had been a heavy migration the previous night.  The following birds were banded: Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Warbling Vireo (2), Black and White Warbler, Common Yellowthroat Warbler (2), Swamp Sparrow (4), Song Sparrow (3), Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee (3), Gray Catbird (3), Northern Cardinal, American Robin (3) and Red-winged Blackbird.  We also caught three Ruby- throated Hummingbirds which we do not band (it takes special training) but which we got to show the visitors.

I held him for just a minute

I held him for just a minute

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