Mad Island Banding

April 6, 2012 by Bea Harrison

Yesterday was another big day for species diversity! We banded 19 birds of 13 species. The highlights were blue-winged warbler and field sparrow. We also caught a male orange-crowned warbler, Nashville warbler, ruby-crowned kinglet and yellow-breasted chats.

Blue-winged warbler (left), field sparrow (right). Photos by Jerry Acton.

We had light winds, which gave the swarms of mosquitoes ample opportunity to torment us until thunderstorms in late afternoon, sent us scurrying to close the nets.

We are enjoying other migratory birds here at Mad Island, such as a flock of dowitchers feeding in a shallow marsh, a group of black-necked stilts sailing past the banding station and graceful scissor-tailed flycatchers calling and landing in the tree tops.