Rather than our normal banding, this week we're helping run a science camp for elementary children. We are banding on campus and showing local kids what we do with birds.
The close-to-campus location hasn't heeded us from some great catches- though capture rates go down day-by-day. Birds grow savvy, this is why we don't usually band at the same location within the same week.
First of the summer catches:
|Gold finch male|
|Northern waterthrush- an unusual bird for the field habitat we were in.|
|Traces of blue in bunting tail|
The children we've hosted have been very curious. This has led to many interruptions and many good questions.
Bishop was even prompted to teach one class about the nictitating membrane. This is a translucent eyelid birds can close to protect against flying through branches.