Unusual birds banded!

Here’s a young female Belted Kingfisher! In the last 14 years, we have banded only 11 of them, always in the fall.



On September 4, we caught a young Black-billed Cuckoo. It is only the fourth fall season when this species was caught! Previously, one bird was banding in 2002, five in 2003, and one in 2012. Black-billed Cuckoos are captured slightly more often in the spring: ten birds in five seasons.


A young male Scarlet Tanager was banded on September 8. This species is captured occasionally in the fall but always in small numbers: in the last 14 years, only 12 Scarlet Tanagers were banded in seven fall seasons.


3 comments on “Unusual birds banded!
  1. John Dickson says:

    The Kingfisher is truly a highlight.

    I echo Beth Anne’s remarks! I appreciate the comments on previous numbers etc. Your continuity there is also most valuable.

  2. Barb Gowan says:

    I so enjoyed viewing those photos of the birds. This spring, I was fortunate to see the male Scarlet Tanager in our bush. I saw one on two different walks in our bush. These were my very first sightings of this beautiful bird.

  3. BethAnne Currie says:

    Lovely photos! Well done and thank you for your great work, historical research and context-making and of course the photography and explanations!

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