At Last!

Today was the day.  The female towhee finally ventured into the net.  She couldn’t have picked a better day, as this morning’s banding was mainly a demonstration for a group of campers from Kearny.


For those who’ve been following and read this post, we banded a both a juvenile and actually several male towhees earlier in the spring, but couldn’t seem to get the female.  Here she is.


I was banding alone this morning so didn’t open all of the nets, and although it was very slow, I was hoping for just a few birds for the group of campers coming for the demonstration.  The birds always seem to cooperate when the kids are coming – even if they don’t cooperate for photo sessions!


What’s this, you say?  Well, it’s a horrendously awful photo of a barn swallow, but it is SO unusual to catch one of these expert fliers without using arial mist nets – and worse to try to photograph a bird that refuses to sit still for a nanosecond – that this was the best I could do.  But I had to be able to show that at least, we caught one!  The kids were thrilled to see it, too.

And if that weren’t enough, we topped off the morning with a very nice northern waterthrush.


Nice birds for these kids to experience.  We also found a really cool bug, but we’ll save it for tomorrow.

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5 Responses to “At Last!”

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook Says:

    I’m pretty sure I spotted a Northern Waterthrush near the creek at Hasty Brook but I didn’t get to watch long enough to feel comfortable adding it to a list.
    Congrats on the barn swallow! They’re really pretty, don’t you think?
    Mrs. Towhee does NOT look amused.

  2. Ruth Says:

    The Towhee is so pretty! I have tried to get a picture of a barn swallow all summer, but they never stop their swooping. I didn’t realize they had so much colour.

  3. KGMom Says:

    Oh how wonderful that you shared all this with eager campers–they were eager, weren’t they?

  4. obi4240 Says:

    Lynne – a waterthrush will usually be on the ground along the stream, and constantly bobs its tail. I’m sure you probably saw one too.

    Ruth – she is pretty, isn’t she? One of my favorites..

    KGMOM – yes, this group was really good and eager, and I was really happy we got a few good birds for them to see that they probably wouldn’t notice otherwise.

  5. mon@rch Says:

    awesome day for sure and congrats on the female EATO! The waterthrush deserves a high five also!

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