This past weekend I helped with Henslow’s Sparrow banding for the second time. It is a truly unique experience. Unlike the other banding I have helped with, this involved a lot of physical exertion. We drag a rope through a field, hoping the scare the birds out from their hiding places. Then, we set up a mist roughly where we want the bird to be. Next, we attempt to herd the bird into the net with the rope. Finally, we band it.
You don’t get 60 bird days using this method, but it is worth it to see the little green sparrows. In fact, I made a video of our exploits. It is dedicated to all the men and women who do all the hard work to make science happen. I hope you enjoy it!