Hummingbird Banding


A great time was had in Pearl, Idaho this morning at the annual Hummingbird Banding. It looked like the crowd was larger today. Good to see so many kids there. And most got to feel the 1200 bpm heart beat and to release the birds after the data was collected. Many thanks to Michael Wiegand of Habiscapes (see their link in the sidebar) for opening up his home and facilities for this project. Here are some photos from today. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up!

Some of the crowd that was there watching the process. Great experience for everyone.

Fred Basset, Master Bander from Alabama, talks to the crowd and explains about the birds. Life expectancy – 3 to 5 years. Weight – 5 grams.

Black Chinned Hummingbird at feeder.

Black Chinned Hummingbird

Sitting in a tree.

Good photographic capture of this Black Chinned Hummingbird.

Getting ready to release the bird. But first, a drink.

One bird that Fred banned in the past has returned!

Fred holding the returning bird.

Hawk on a pole on the way home. Too much white for a Swainson’s hawk. Must be an Osprey. (Immature Red-Tailed Hawk. See comment below. Thanks Heide.)

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One comment

  1. Cool photos! Your hawk photo is of an immature Red-tail (Hatch Year birds don't have red tails yet). One way you can tell is because it has a dark belly band (ospreys have an all white lower torso). Also it has a mostly brown face, whereas an Osprey would have more white on the face and an obvious dark eyeline.

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