Saturday, January 21, 2012

Crossed-bill Chickadee Lives

We banded this deformed Black-capped Chickadee on 14 November 2011, and the bird still lives. These photographs were taken yesterday, 20 January 2012. I apologize for the quality of the photos--they were taken through tinted windows on a dark, snowy morning. The bird visited feeders at the banding site near Dundas, Minnesota. I include the second photo to show both the bird's band and also what appears to be bill-cleaning behavior, as the chickadee wipes its bill along its perch. Being able to recognize individual birds and determining their survival is one of the many uses for banding birds.

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