D.O. Bird Banders Study with National Experts

“Are we there yet?”… “I’m hungry.”… “How much longer?” … these are just some of the questions and comments you get on a 7-hour school bus trip to Braddock Bay Bird Observatory and Raptor Research centers in Rochester, NY.  On may 4th, a group of students and staff set out on a 4-day adventure to Braddock Bay for some bird banding.

The trip was all about the birds, so students were up and out of the house early each morning to spend their time at the song bird banding station, then a quick lunch and off to the hawk banding station for the afternoon. The group saw and held a bunch of really cool birds! Some of the birds they saw and banded were:

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Magnolia Warbler

“My favorite bird that we caught and banded was the Northern Cardinal. I also loved seeing the Mute Swan in the lake! “ said Melissa P.