MRBO Turns 100th

Ethan, Dana, Stephanie, and Aaron with our
100th species captured at Grand Pass CA. The small
bird Dana is holding is a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

     An often seen and not captured, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, finally flew into our nets to become the 100th species we’ve captured! We’ve banded about 150 birds so far this spring.

     During the first week of spring banding we caught quite a few Swamp Sparrows. We are now catching many fat Brown Thrashers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-throated Sparrows, and a few thrushes (Hermit and Swainson’s). As soon as we have more south winds, we anticipate a good wave and a nice crescendo in numbers of birds into the peak of migration.
     Also at Grand Pass, we have been continuing nightly recordings. The autonomous recording unit has been scheduled to run in the early evening and continue to about an hour after sunrise.
     We’ve been banding at Grand Pass Conservation Area for a full two weeks this spring, but that doesn’t mean all other work stops.
     In the past week we visited Washington School in Sedalia. Michelle White invited us to speak to a group of forty fourth graders. The kids have recently learned about habitats and our presentation was tailored to address habitats, birds, and their adaptations. Following the presentation we used an activity from “Flying WILD” that included many riddles and clues associating birds with habitats and adaptions.
     They were a great group of children to work with and they knew their birds well.

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