Bird banding in the ANF

Blackburnian Warbler

I recently had the good fortune to help out with some bird banding in the Allegheny National Forest. It is fairly early in the season so a majority of the birds were likely local breeders and young. The project is looking at the birds using recently clear-cut areas to better understand how birds are using those areas. The abundance of fruit bearing plants such as Rubus (like blackberries) make this a great place for birds to spend time as they prepare for migration.

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Our first net check yielded about 35 birds, mostly orioles, grosbeaks and tanagers. We had six nets set up and 19 of those were in a single net, a real spectacle for sure. With this huge influx, I was unable to take many photos of those birds because we were processing them non-stop for over an hour. Once it slowed down though, I snapped a few photos of the warblers we were catching.

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Red-eyed Vireo- immature, notice brownish eye