Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | November 21, 2013

MCAS Bird Banding Demo

It’s not just the birds that make birding great, but it’s the people! We were fortunate enough to meet one of those people who contribute to bird studies (and is a great guy, too!)


On Saturday, November 9, 2013, bird bander, Tom Brown hosted an open house at one of his sessions on Sandy Hook for Monmouth County Audubon. The open house gave attendees the opportunity to see a bird bander in action and ask questions.


Mr. Brown, who has been banding on Sandy Hook since the spring of 2009 records data about the birds he catches in his mist nets. The bird’s age, sex, weight, fat storage and various other measurements are recorded and shared in a database to assist with research about migration and residency patterns (amongst other studies,) especially when the bird is recaptured.



The group was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to see the following birds up close (many of which were first year birds:)


Golden-crowned Kinglets,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
Hermit Thrush,
several Dark-eyed Juncos,
several White-throated Sparrows
and a Swamp Sparrow.



Thank you, Tom, for this incredible opportunity.



  1. Tom, I would love to see your next demo or help out — I have a little bit of experience banding with Mike Newhouse in the Meadowlands.

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