Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hummingbird Banding!

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Hummingbird Banding has been going well so far this summer!
We have been banding Hummingbirds at a private residence in Idaho City. Compared to last year's banding at the Shakespeare festival, we are getting great results so far! The last time we were up there we caught 68 hummingbirds, both Black-chinned and Calliopes, and that was with traps closed half the time to let us "catch up" on our banding! Compared to last year, when we thought catching 4 total birds all day was exciting :)

We will be continuing banding throughout the summer, every other Saturday.
SPACE IS LIMITED on these trips, so please contact Jessica Pollock to sign up:
Phone: 208-426-2225
Email: jessicapollock@boisestate.edu
The next few banding dates are:
June 30th
July 14th
July 28th 
August 11th 

Here are some photos from this years banding so far:
Male and Female Calliope Hummingbirds, waiting in their "straightjackets" to be banded

Female Calliope

Male Calliope

Male Black-chinned

1 comment:

Sara said...

I've seen banders place hummingbirds on their backs and they will go into a sort of slumber and stay still, without restraint. Banding was done indoors, however. So my question is: is the straight jacket really necessary? Maybe just in case?

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