Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 07/19/2013


Photo taken on June 10, 2013


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Sleepy baby

Sleepy baby
Several of us went with Don Stiles round his Mountain Bluebird route (SW of Calgary), on 24 June 2013. Don has been a dedicated monitor for about 30 years. This young Bluebird was out of the nest box (being held by one of the ladies in the group) along with its five siblings, to be banded. This is an outing that I look forward to each year.

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Cats 99
Cats 99
It made me laugh to see this. If I didn't know that this guy is a pro and he's just handling them to band them, I would be worried. However, knowing that he is taking great care to handle the babies properly and to give them ID, I can simply enjoy how adorable this sleepy looking little baby is!
5 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
A terrific shot Anne ... I hope this was returned to the box and was accepted by the parents!! Very well taken ...
5 years ago.
Anne Elliott
Anne Elliott
Thanks so much, Janet, Fran and Art!

Yes, great care is taken to handle these babies correctly. I remember someone asking a few years ago, on one of Don's annual outings, whether the adults ever abandon their banded babies. In 30 years, Don said he has never had a single incident where the adults didn't return to the nest box. The parents are always perched nearby, sometimes with a beakful of insects, and they fly to the box immediately and continue to feed the little ones. I think I'm remembering correctly that the birds don't go by smell, but by sight, so they don't recognize human scent from handling.
5 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Well Done!!
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5 years ago.
Ashley Loy
Ashley Loy
Adorable baby !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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