October 03, 2013

banding a red headed

banding a red headed by ricmcarthur
banding a red headed, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
A red headed woodpecker int he hand, WOW!
This banding experience has been great.
The birds are caught in "mist" nets then carefully removed by experienced banders.
A band is attached to the leg, the number recorded and various measurements taken.

The bird is released and if it is caught again the tag number can be used to access information on the bird. How old it is, where it came from etc.

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