26 August 2015
Kevin Grundy and Ross Dickson are a formidable pair when it comes to bird banding, having many, many years of experience between them, with a whole range of bird families. However, they can only band together on the weekends because while Ross, like me, is retired, Kevin still has to work for a living and is thus not available on week days.
During the week Ross has been banding alone so I offered to help him (or perhaps it was hinder him) by acting as his scribe, walking the round of the mist nets with him, carrying the birds back to the banding table and in any other way that he saw fit. Miriam even added her contribution in the form of home-baked muffins.
I am very grateful to Ross for permitting me to accompany him and I find it quite incredible just how much I am learning - and me a lifelong birder. A bird in the hand looks quite different from a bird viewed at a distance.
|Tennessee Warbler Leiothlypis peregrina|