Yesterday morning, Mary and I dropped in at a public bird banding demonstration at North Branch Nature Center led by Director Chip Darmstadt. Jen and Mac came a bit later and were fortunate to see a rather rare Yellow-billed Cuckoo — not caught but just hanging out in the area. I had seen banding several times but Mary had not and we both we enthralled by the one bird we saw banded and released. Here are some shots — a young birder, experienced in banding, handled this one with guidance from Chip.
If you have an opportunity to observe banding, I highly recommend it. You not only learn about the process and how to handle birds, but you also get a better appreciation of all the research work that is being done to track and monitor our avian friends. Good birding.