Birds will be caught in mist nets and traps. Below is one type of trap. For the most part, birds keep feeding until we walk up to the trap. We are able to quickly remove them.
The buntings get four bands; the normal aluminum federal band, a split band that indicates origin, and two colored ones. We (FL) has been assigned a split band of black and white. The placement of these bands allows many combinations and one can tell an individual bird if the bands are visible and the correct sequence is noted. The bird below has split over dark green on the left and orange over silver (federal) on the right.
Stations/feeders will only be identified by a PB number if on private property.
12/4/13: PB1; banded 1 male and 4 greens (Blue Jay also banded)
12/6 /13: PB2; no buntings (Brown Thrasher also banded)
12/12/13: back to PB1; banded 5 males and 3 greens (Blue Jay and Palm Warbler also banded)
12/17/13: Possum Long; banded a green. We have since heard that this bird is at a feeder abut 6 blocks from Possum Long!
12/19/13: PB3; banded 1 male and 1 green (Northern Cardinal also banded)
12/26/13: PB4; banded 2 greens (2 Northern Cardinals, 1 White-eyed Vireo, and a Gray Catbird also banded)
1/2/14: PB5; banded 3 males and 2 greens (11 incidental captures - 2 Northern Cardinal, 3 Blue Jays, a Pine Warbler (new for me), a Common Ground-Dove (new for me), a Gray Catbird, a Mourning Dove, a Palm Warbler, and a Yellow-rumped Warbler)
Photo by Jane Wiewora
Photo by Becky Cook
Photo by Bill Eaton
3/18/14: PB 6 - no Painted Buntings (Incidental birds 1 Indigo Bunting, 2 Common Grackles, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker)
3/19/14: PB 14 Banded 2 green Painted Buntings (Incidental birds - 1 Palm Warbler, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker)
4/3/14: PB 17 Painted Buntings appear to have left the property. (Incidental captures - Common Grackle 3, Red-winged Blackbird 2, Mourning Dove 1, Blue Jay 2)
4/15/14: banded 1 green at Possum Long
4/16/14: PB 1: banded 1 green and had many recaptures, noted fat - males have much more fat (noting that they seem to leave first which makes sense if they are returning and setting up territories prior to females return)
4/22/14: recaptured a green that was originally banded at Possum Long before we were color banding (3/26/13). This green is female as a young male at the original banding would now be colored. Indicates high site fidelity.
Banding is now over until the birds return in the early fall. Hope to see you back here then.