Greetings from Boise, ID
Over the past couple of weeks I have been learning how to band birds at Idaho Bird Observatory's Lucky Peak field station. It's a great spot, as it is the last bit of forest before miles of desert to the south for migrating birds to stop and fuel up. Believe it or not, we have already had a couple species that were obviously migrating (you can tell by the large fat stores). But, for the most part we are catching resident birds, although many are post-breeding dispersal birds.
A couple of the biggest highlights has been catching a Sharp-shinned Hawk in a songbird net, a juvenile Yellow-breasted Chat, and a Northern Flicker.
It's been a busy start to the season with 100+ individuals most days; hopefully it will keep up through the fall.
To follow along with the Lucky Peak Field Station season more closely go to the IBO Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/IdahoBirdObservatory
|A male Black-headed Grosbeak|
|The first hawk I've held; a Sharp-shinned|
|A Black-chinned Hummingbird in my hand, it looks tiny!|