Bird Banding at Bucktoe

By Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader

On October 10, the Delaware Nature Society held its annual bird banding program with local bander, Doris McGovern.  10 participants met us at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve near Kennett Square, PA to see what banding is all about.  In the course of 3 hours, we netted 10 birds including an Indigo Bunting, Magnolia Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Mockingbird, House Finch, and 4 Tufted Titmice.  Each was measured, weighed, aged, sexed, and fitted with a US Fish and Wildlife Service band…then released, which is where the fun is. 

As you watch the video below, the first bird that is being measured and weighed is the hatch-year Magnolia Warbler.  She mentions that the bird has some fat on it, which means that it is in the middle of its migration.  It was weighed in grams.  Join us next year if you can!

2 thoughts on “Bird Banding at Bucktoe”

  1. Great program. Good that it was for families since the kids seemed to enjoy releasing the birds. Nice video.

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