Songbird Banding Open House Tomorrow Morning!

Red -eyed Vireo.  Photo by Bracken Brown
A migratory Red -eyed Vireo banded at Rushton this August. Photo by Bracken Brown

In case the little birdie hasn’t told you yet…

Rushton Banding station will be open to visitors and families of all ages tomorrow, 9/21, from 7-11 am!!

Don’t miss this grand opportunity to see beautiful migrating songbirds up-close as we carefully band them to contribute to bird conservation.  Migration is in full swing, and we’ve been catching a fantastic variety of wonderful warblers (including our first ever Black-throated Green Warbler), flycatchers, thrushes and familiar residents like the sweet little Carolina Chickadee picture below.

Carolina Chickadee banded at Rushton this September.  Photo by Jodi Spragins.
Carolina Chickadee banded at Rushton this September. Photo by Jodi Spragins.
Black-throated Green Warbler.  Photo by Dustin Welch.
Black-throated Green Warbler. Photo by Dustin Welch.

Oh and did I mention Gray Catbirds!?  We never run out of these omnipresent birds…until the White-throated Sparrows arrive in October.

A young Gray Catbird growing in new flight feathers and coverts before beginning its journey south.  Photo by Bracken Brown
A young Gray Catbird growing in new flight feathers and coverts before beginning its journey south. Photo by Bracken Brown

Stop on by the station tomorrow to learn about the fascinating science of bird banding while witnessing feathered neighbors like never before!

You just never know what a fall morning at Rushton may bring…

Doris McGovern, federally licensed bird bander,  taking a bird out of the bag to be banded as a child watches with anticipation.
Doris McGovern, federally licensed bird bander, taking a bird out of the bag to be banded as a child watches with anticipation.

Plus, Rushton Farm is breathtaking right now with the goldenrod in full bloom and looks like this…

Rushton Farm cloaked in fields of gold.  Photo by Kelsey Lingle
Rushton Farm cloaked in fields of gold. Photo by Kelsey Lingle

See you in the woods tomorrow!

Blake

P.S.  For all you hard-core birders out there looking to get that rare, elusive, skulking Connecticut Warbler on your life-list, we have caught 6 so far this fall at Rushton!  Not too shabby.

Connecticut Warbler.  Photo by Dustin Welch.
Connecticut Warbler. Photo by Dustin Welch.

 

 

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