|Taking the length of the wing chord is a good measure of the approximate size of the bird. Here I am taking the wing chord measurement. [Photo by Dan Lipp]|
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Amazing banding day in Point Reyes Today
Today Cory, Dan Lipp, Mark Dettling and I banded at one of PRBO's offsites, called Pine Gulch. It consists of 10 net lanes in riparian and marsh-edge habitat alongside Bolinas Lagoon. I really love this spot, not only because we usually catch a lot of birds, but also because we can scope the lagoon for waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors in between net runs. Birds we've seen from our banding location include, but are not limited to, Eurasian Wigeon, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, hundreds of American Wigeon and Northern Pintail, Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle, Clark's Grebe, six species of gulls, Marsh Wren, Savannah Sparrow, and Orange-crowned Warbler.
Today was an especially good day because we got to see many of these birds, and we also captured 44 birds in our nets. This time of year can be extremely slow, but Pine Gulch was as busy as ever this morning with 17 recaptures and 27 new birds accounting for 15 species! Our totals included 6 Golden-crowned Sparrow, 8 Song Sparrow, 2 Hermit Thrush, 1 Townsend's Warbler, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Chestnut-backed Chickadee, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 7 Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 1 Swamp Sparrow, 1 Bewick's Wren, 4 Purple Finch, and 3 Fox Sparrow.