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Birds in the Hand

  • Odiorne State Park 570 Ocean Blvd. Rye, NH 03870 U.S.A. (map)

A newly banded male Black-throated Blue Warbler
Photograph by Lauren Kras

Let's face it: binoculars can only bring birds so close. Wouldn't it be great to hold six grams' worth of colorful feathers in your hand, just once? In October, you may be lucky enough to do just that, by apprenticing yourself to a scientist who is trained to band migratory birds. Longtime bird-bander Jay Barry will give us an introduction to the science behind bird-banding and show us how it’s done in practice. He’ll bring us along to check his mist nets, where we may find migrant sparrows such as Song, Swamp, Lincoln’s, Savannah, and Dark-eyed Junco, and even such uncommon visitors as the Blue Grosbeak. Odiorne State Park, where his banding station is based, is the perfect place to look for late migrant songbirds this time of year. We'll meet at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye at 8:00 a.m. sharp, and from there walk out along the coast to the banding blind. Bring your binoculars, and your questions! R.S.V.P. for this event to nhyoungbirders@gmail.com.

Earlier Event: September 27
The Exotic South Coast Camping Extravaganza!
Later Event: October 12
Sharpies, Sparrows, Cider Donuts