|In my glories! Holding a Sawhet Owl, preparing to return it to its enclosure.|
On Tuesday, while in Blenheim, I went for a walk with Jen to the C.M. Wilson Conservation area...another nice spot! There were quite a few birds around, but with the crunching of fall leaves and talking to each other, I didn`t get goods looks at any birds but a Hermit Thrush (first time seeing one in the wild...life bird!) and lots of Golden-crowned Kinglets. Here are a couple pictures from that walk...
|Look at the two in the middle...sorry about the reeds in the way...|
|Possible Northern Pintails??|
Another highlight of this week was spending time at the banding station today (Saturday)...although it was a slow day, I did manage a few successful extractions (complete with letting one go accidently) and banding another Hermit Thrush. To get used to handling the smaller birds, Bob (the experienced bander I was "helping") gave me a little Ruby-crowned Kinglet to practice handling after he processed it. Amazingly, I he didn't slip away from me as I went through the motions with him of "banding" him (pulling out his leg), aging and sexing him, and checking how fat he was. There is nothing more thrilling than handling birds up close and personal. Here is an awful picture of this experience...
|Self taken with my point and shoot...horrible pic, but love the bird face peeking out :)|
Well, not a bad week, if you ask me :) I am hoping to get out to Rondeau and the Blenheim Lagoons this week, weather permitting, while my daughter swims :)