On February 15, we actually went to 2 Painted Bunting sites that are on the same street. We caught 2 at one location and recaptured 1 at the other. High winds were a problem so we are glad we caught what we did. We also banded a Northern Cardinal with a broken beak. Other than the beak problem, the bird appeared to be fine and healthy. It is managing! We also had two House Sparrows.
On February 19, we banded at Possum Long and made up a little for the recent low number of buntings banded. We banded 3 Painted Buntings and a Downy Woodpecker. We also recaptured an Ovenbird and a Northern Cardinal.
On February 20, we went to a new site where 5 buntings had been reported. This site is close to another one and we are hoping to see if there are any visitations back and forth. We banded 3 greens (a female and 2 young birds) and almost caught the one reported male. Now the hosts at this site can observe their feeder to see if they may actually have more unbanded birds or if they see banded birds from the nearby site. We will likely return here.
Our regularly occurring session at Possum Long brought us visitors. We had a home school group visit to learn about bird banding. We were able to show them some of the birds we caught today. We banded a new Northern Parula and Gray Catbird.
Next regularly scheduled banding at Possum Long will be on Tuesday, February 28. Nets go up at 6:45.