Ever see a hummingbird given a check-up and banded? The opportunity presented itself while we were staying at Casa de San Pedro in Hereford, Arizona. Members of SABO (Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory) were “banding” hummingbirds. Yes, placing the teeny-weeny numbered bands on humming bird legs! We eagerly joined them, observing all the steps:
Catching the hummingbirds with a net over the feeder
Each bird is placed in a little net bag awaiting the check-in
Never was sure what she was doing here. Taking a photo? Looking at the beak with the magnification of the camera?
Measuring the beak
Measuring the tail
Getting the band
Placing the band on the bird
The bird wrapped in a light screening material, then clipped to a little scale for weighing
The fat calculated and a straw used to blow on the neck feathers revealing any parasites
Checking the tail feathers
Reward drinking at the feeder
At the end, the bird is placed in a hand and allowed to fly away
Thanks to Sheri Williamson, of SABO, for a truly memorable experience.