We met before the sun was up and were pleased to see and hear American Woodcock doing their flight display over the grassy fields of Panola.
Here birdy, birdy...
Mist nests are erected in likely habitat and then checked by volunteers every thirty minutes.
The birds are then placed in soft cotton bags until they're processed by the bander.
As a side note... a couple years ago at Jekyll Island, where Charlie also bands birds, they did a study of the droppings left in the bags in order to better understand what specific plants birds were making use of in the local habitat. Neat, huh?!?
A bucket o' birds!
We have the idea that going to these banding sessions might actually help us learn to better identify sparrows, but I'm not so sure. Even though I know these are two different varieties of sparrow, I can hardly recognize the field marks that differentiate them! Anyone care to guess?
The morning wasn't all about LBJ's though...