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.