Wednesday, May 14, 2014
This was pretty exciting for all the volunteers, most of whom don't get to see a hawk up this close. Fortunately, volunteer Amber Burnete, who works at the Raptor Center, was present and very familiar with handling birds of prey.
This turned out to be a Broad Winged Hawk that was only one year old, so a little inexperienced and may be why we captured it.. The eye color helps to determine the age, and has not turned to the brighter yellow af an older adult.
This hawk was very calm through the banding process, but wary of so many hands measuring and looking at feathers to determine its age.
The hawk was ready to go, and flew immediately into a tree nearby. It shook its feathers out, and then flew back in the direction of the area where we captured it a little earlier.
Hope we see it again.
This male Northern Shoveler duck was swimming just off the boardwalk.
These little warblers are early migrants, and have usually flown further north by now, but are still very common in the park. they will be gone soon
He is posing here after he was banded and ready for release. He seems to be less "olive" colored than others I remember.
Being captured, banded, and released did not seem to frighten himt too much, as I saw him again back in the same area at Springbrook yesterday, two days after his release.
The Black and White Warbler below was just one of the 22 species and 73 individual birds banded on Sunday at Springbrook.