Posted by: atowhee | May 24, 2011

MALHEUR: MIST-NETTING DELIGHTS

Malheur Fled Station boss, Duncan Evered and his wife Lila, gave us an exciting up-close look at some birds in their mist nets.  We got a chance ot learn about plumage, molts, feather patterns and coloration.

Most of the Juncos had left for the summer, but this one stuck around to get caught in the net.  Duncan tells us the regulars in his yard rarely get caught in the net more than once.  They learn to stay away.  We saw some birds fly in and then escape on their own.

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The soft hold.

This is the Icterid crowd around Duncan’s feeder: Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds.  So guess who turned up in the mist-nets?

Brown-headed Cowbird male.

This bird did not get caught in the net, but tantalized us by flying around the Field Station for awhile: a male Western Tanager.

FIELD STATION MAMMALS

Least chipmunk, America’s smallest.  And one other compact, efficient little rodent:pygmy rabbit, also the smallest of its family in the U.S.

And here’s one of the little rabbits who’d found a small man-made reservoir that captured the previous night’s rain: an upside down trash can.


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