Over the summer I did an internship with the Institute for Bird Populations learning how to band passerine birds in Indiana. Looks like my skills are transferable! I’ve now banded birds twice along the California coast for work. I had never had west coast birds in the hand before, and it was really exciting getting personal with species previously only seen through binoculars; warblers, sparrows, tanagers, wrentits, scrub jays, quail, finches, and a few surprises that you’ll just have to see for yourself. In the future I’d like to get banding certified and band more, although these opportunities are rare at my current job. Still, maybe I could volunteer somewhere. Who knows! Enjoy the photos!
Green Heron- (it walked into our mist nets; we’re not supposed to catch them)
Hutton’s Vireo (I think)
Pacific Slope Flycatcher
Spotted Towhee (male)
Wilson’s Warbler (male)
Black and White Warbler- this guy is a vagrant as it’s supposed to be east of the Rockies