Another Bird Banding Season Begins

The faithful assemble to put up the nets for the fall.

The faithful assemble to put up the nets for the fall.

The nets are up and we have began banding the fall migration at Connecticut Audubon’s Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary.  What treasures will we find this fall?  We occasionally capture a real rarity such as Bicknell’s Thrush but our usual fare is dozens and dozens of Gray Catbirds which are replaced in about mid-October by so many White-throated Sparrows that they have their own string of bands and page in our record book.  We delight in these common birds of course, but you never know what may turn up next.  We keep the nets open until we trap a Fox Sparrow, the last species to migrate in our area, usually in mid-November.  Banding has been going on at Birdcraft continuously for nearly fifty years.

This Blue-winged Warbler captured last spring is one of many warbler species possibilities.

This Blue-winged Warbler captured last spring is one of many warbler species possibilities.

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