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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Nov 24, 2015 8:44 AM CST
As many here know, I have had banders come to my yard (and my neighbor's yard) over the past few years. It started with hummingbirds, but then expanded to Painted Buntings and other wild birds.

Yesterday, the Painted Bunting banding crew from Stuart, Florida came up to capture and band what they could. This Fall starting on Oct. 11th, I began seeing previously banded Painted Buntings returning to my yard. So far, I've photographed and seen 7 banded returnees. Yesterday, the banding team captured and banded 4 new "green" birds and recaptured 3 adult male banded returnees. (The green birds may be female Painted Buntings or immature males.) The team also captured and banded: 1 Blue Jay, 1 Carolina Wren, 2 male Cardinals (both young birds), and 1 Grackle. (They also caught a Ruby-throated hummingbird in one of the mist nets, but let it go quickly as the hummers get stressed pretty rapidly. One of the banders didn't think to check it's leg as he did not know I had 3 banded this past Winter.)

So here are some photos of the event:

Grackle:

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Male Painted Bunting returnee band number being verified:

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"Green" Painted Bunting after legs were banded:

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Checking wing feathers:

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This bird had not eaten much yet and was given some sugar water to perk it up before being released. The banders take extra precaution of the welfare of the birds they are banding.:

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Carolina Wren and it's beautiful feathers:

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I didn't take as many photos as I usually do because I was back and forth between my yard and my neighbor's yard. As always, it's a real pleasure to invite this banding crew to my yard and learn more interesting information about some of the birds they band!

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 24, 2015 9:24 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Great report Becky! Thank You!
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Nov 24, 2015 9:30 AM CST
Thank you for sharing, Becky. Green Grin!
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 24, 2015 9:39 AM CST
Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Great report Becky!
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Nov 24, 2015 10:01 AM CST
Glad that y'all enjoyed the few photos I posted. I always wish I had taken more afterwards. I did take some photos of my neighbor holding one of the buntings to release it ... as well as a group shot of the bander and her team. But I can't post it without everyone's consent. They are a great group of bird-loving folks!

Thanks Lin for the generous tip .... and you, too, Glen!
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Nov 24, 2015 12:50 PM CST

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Wow, that is so awesome! I have to admit, I love the look on the Grackle's face. Like he totally has no idea what is happening.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 24, 2015 1:05 PM CST
mellielong said:Wow, that is so awesome! I have to admit, I love the look on the Grackle's face. Like he totally has no idea what is happening.


nodding I agree
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Claudia
Nov 24, 2015 4:17 PM CST
That would be so cool to have all that going on in your own yard. Too bad they didn't check the hummer!
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