We went bird banding on May 7th, and this is what some of us thought about our adventure!
Bird banding was amazing, watching them band all 6 birds. I want to volunteer when I get older. In the beginning we caught a House Wren and a Dusky Fly Catcher. At first I couldn’t tell them apart, but then I got it. After playing for a minute or two we caught a Downy Wood Pecker which was awesome! A little later we caught 2 Red Winged Black Birds and another magnificent House Wren! I got to have a Red Winged Black Bird clamp on to my finger. I released the other red wing. Since I was so in to it I got to release the 2nd House Wren, and my friend Eric had it jump on his arm! Bird banding was wonderful!
On May 7th Mrs. Palazzolo’s class went bird banding. We caught 2 House Wrens, 2 Red Winged Black Birds, and we also caught a Downy Wood Pecker. Greatest field trip ever! When the bus arrived we walked down the trail and we saw Heidi the bird bander setting up a net. Heidi held the birds up close so we could see them up close. Heidi also had an assistant to help her. When we catch the bird we put them in a warm bag to keep them calm. Six or seven students held out one of their fingers and one of the bird banding people would set the bird onto our fingers and if you were still enough the bird would stay on your finger for a second but usually the bird will fly away pretty fast.
My favorite highlights from bird banding were watching the Wood Pecker peck Ms. Heidi’s hand! It was funny watching her go “Ouch! Ouch! Ouch” Every time! Also, I loved letting them go, and watch them fly from our hand after a few seconds. Another fun highlights was when I saw Mrs. Heidi & Jessica take out the Dusky Fly Catcher from its bag, and watch it poop on Mrs. Heidi’s hand! I also loved the way Ms. Jessica weighed the Dusky Fly Catcher, it was funny and eye popping! I also found it fun when the little birds (besides the Wood Pecker) would swarm around in the little bag we would put them in, they were restless! I had a great time at Bird Banding!