Sunday, October 31, 2010

More Banded Birds

Male Rusty Blackbird
My daughters sometimes laugh at my enthusiastic accounts of bird encounters. I was telling one of them that I held a Rusty Blackbird and she asked facetiously,

"Would you get tentanus if you were bitten by a Rusty Blackbird?"


Well I guess I will find out. 

A variety of sparrows, finches and black birds were captured and tagged on October 30th. There were seven different sparrows caught, not counting Juncos. Sometimes there was a moment of uncertainty about the species, especially with juveniles, but the banders had reference books available. Here are six different birds. How many can you identify?




pɹıqʞɔɐןq ʎʇsnɹ ǝןɐɯǝɟ ˙6
ɥɔuıɟ ǝןdɹnd ˙5
ʍoɹɹɐds pǝuʍoɹɔ-ǝʇıɥʍ ǝןıuǝʌnɾ ˙4
ʍoɹɹɐds pןǝıɟ ˙3
ʍoɹɹɐds dɯɐʍs ˙2
(ʍoɹɹɐds ƃuos snuoq) ʍoɹɹɐds xoɟ ˙1

sɹǝʍsuɐ

11 comments:

  1. I have never seen a rusty blackbird before!

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  2. I just want to know how you write upside down!!!?

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  3. I had difficulty sending you an email Holly and you may have 3 replies. Here is the web site I used for upsidedown letters
    http://www.sevenwires.com/play/UpsideDownLetters.html

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  4. Good question about tetanus and that rusty bird!

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  5. Rusty blackbird is a new one for me. Tetanus shot, ;)

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  6. So how are your fingers today?

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  7. What a great experience. The weather was perfect this weekend for banding birds. The Rusty Black bird sure is lovely. What is that saying...no pain no gain! You have received a bit of pain with the "pinches"...but look what you have gained. I say you won!

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  8. How beautiful! I've never even heard of a rusty blackbird.

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  9. I also was curious to know how you got upside down writing! Will check it out.
    And I think that is a valid comment about the rusty blackbird. LOL!
    Nice pics, I got one right.

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  10. I also was curious to know how you got upside down writing! Will check it out.
    And I think that is a valid comment about the rusty blackbird. LOL!
    Nice pics, I got one right.

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  11. I've seen Rusty Blackbirds but they didn't have that much detail in the plumage. Nice photos Ruth.I'm good at reading upside down so I'm all set.-ha tetanus shot!-I woner if the time man from the Wizard Of Oz was visited by Rusty Blackbirds?

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