Mad Island Banding

May 1, 2012 by Bea Harrison

Migration seems to be winding down, but we are still catching some interesting birds, including ovenbirds, gray catbirds and ruby-throated hummingbirds. So far this year we have caught about 1000 birds of 79 species, with 25 species of warblers. We added a surprising new species yesterday morning, a varied bunting! Not normally found in this area, this bird was purple and blue with a red nape.

Yesterday we had a student group from the Lutheran South Academy and they were thrilled to see a yellow warbler, a Tennessee warbler and a Lincoln's sparrow. Robert & Kay Lookingbill from Gulf Coast Bird Observatory joined us in the banding station & did a wonderful job with the students We enjoyed this great group of possible future scientists.