I recently had the pleasure of spending a couple of days in the field with my friend Greg and the sole purpose of mist-netting and banding a variety of birds. I took Greg to one of my local study sites – riparian woodland in cross timbers oak forest at Lake Carl Blackwell – and another site where I spend most of field time – my backyard in suburban Stillwater. We did well: with only two, 6m nets open at any given time, we caught 16 individuals of 9 species. (I lured them in with broadcast song, of course.) An “active weather pattern” (euphemism for “tornadoes possible at any time”) restricted our time to just about 6 hours total with open nets, so I was delighted to catch so many birds in that limited time. I was less delighted with the 125 or so ticks that took up residence on my person, but vigilant monitoring of my pants and a liberal application of duct tape kept them at bay.
Here are a few nice portraits of some of the birds we caught, for no other purpose than your enjoyment!