Monday, August 17, 2009

When All Else Fails - Traill's!

Well, we didn't get a ton of birds banding at Lowry this weekend, but did get some interesting ones. There are two flycatchers - Alder and Willow - that are very difficult to differentiate. Mostly it is done by vocalization. So - when you are not absolutely sure, you record it as a Traill's, which is the first bird here. The other bird pictured here is a nod to just how goofy us banders are with what we get excited about. The wing chords for Black-capped Chickadees usually run from 58-69mm. This bird actually measured at 73! We took a photo to prove it, in case the records folks at the Banding Lab didn't think the information was recorded correctly.

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