A busy morning of banding at Tennessee's Seven Islands State Birding Park resulted in 66 birds banded and 10 recaptures for a total of 76 birds processed by Mark Armstrong and his banding team on September 6th.
Above, Billie Cantwell (center) and Mark Armstrong process birds.
Above, Mark opens a band before placing it on the leg of a Field Sparrow. 25 field sparrows were banded, along with 3 recaptured for a total of 28 processed. Field Sparrows are one of our year-around grassland species. The second most common species was the Indigo Bunting for a total of 15 banded.
Above and below, Billie Cantwell examines a female Blue Grosbeak. This bird was recaptured and originally banded in May of this year. Below, Mark and Billie discuss the molting pattern of the feathers to affirm the bird's age. Female Blue Grosbeaks are brown with a hint of blue in their shoulder feathers, while the males are bright blue with orange bars.
Below, Gar Secrist brings a bird back from the net, accompanied by park visitors. Visitors are welcome to observe the banding process.
An Eastern Kingbird was the second largest bird captured at the net. Above, Mark is measuring her tail. A flycatcher species that is always fun to see at close range, kingbirds breed in eastern North America and overwinter in South America,
Situated on more than 410 acres along the French Broad River, Seven Islands State Birding Park includes raparian zones (where land and water meet) and open grassland habitat planted with native grasses, wildflowers, shrubby fruit-bearing plants, and trees, providing favored habitat and food sources for many grassland species and migrating warblers.Mark Armstrong is a Master Bander of hummingbirds and songbirds. Billie Cantwell is a banding apprentice and past president of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society.
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