Hummingbird Banded in Warner Parks

April 14, 2021

Bird Banding April 2021 

Shared by WPNC Naturalist Heather Gallagher

Tuesday was an amazing banding day at the Nature Center. In fairness - to us at the Warner Park Nature Center - every banding day is an amazing day, and this week with white-eyed vireos and goldfinches in the nets, it felt as so.

Particularly amazing was the capture of a hummingbird in the net. Such is a rare treat, but not unheard of at this time of year. Hummingbird sightings have been reported across Davidson County over the past couple of weeks as they journey northward. It’s not too early to fill up those feeders!

Fortune of Timing 

And yet - To say this hummingbird was a fortune of timing would be an understatement. Let me explain. 

Last year, on August 19 at 9:13 a.m., our WPNC Hummingbird Team caught this very bird; measured and banded her as an HY (hatching year), and then released her on her way south. 

She flew all the way to southern Alabama and would have flown either across or around the Gulf of Mexico to winter in Mexico. There, she would fill up on insects and the nectar of tropical flowers before launching the journey north in late winter. 

Bird Banding Research in Motion

In she arrives, there and back again to Warner Parks, where she was safely caught, recorded and released on Tuesday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. A tiniest of birds who traveled a great distance, of all the odds, back in my hands once more. 

To make matters more poetic, she was originally banded on my (Heather Gallagher) grandmother’s birthday, and landed on (B.I.R.D Program Director) Laura Cook’s grandmother’s birthday this time around. Stealing the spotlight, or sending a signal?

To learn  more about the B.I.R.D. program and banding at Warner Parks, click here

Celebrating our 40 year legacy of avian research

The B.I.R.D. Program is funded by Friends of Warner Parks, in collaboration with Warner Park Nature Center and Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, staff, and partners - this year marks the 40th anniversary of the WPNC Bird Banding Station! Please support our legacy bird research and public engagement and education programs by making a donation, becoming a member, and volunteering with Warner Parks. #ProtectTheBirds #ProtectWarnerParks.

Hummingbird Banded in Warner Parks

April 14, 2021

Bird Banding April 2021 

Shared by WPNC Naturalist Heather Gallagher

Tuesday was an amazing banding day at the Nature Center. In fairness - to us at the Warner Park Nature Center - every banding day is an amazing day, and this week with white-eyed vireos and goldfinches in the nets, it felt as so.

Particularly amazing was the capture of a hummingbird in the net. Such is a rare treat, but not unheard of at this time of year. Hummingbird sightings have been reported across Davidson County over the past couple of weeks as they journey northward. It’s not too early to fill up those feeders!

Fortune of Timing 

And yet - To say this hummingbird was a fortune of timing would be an understatement. Let me explain. 

Last year, on August 19 at 9:13 a.m., our WPNC Hummingbird Team caught this very bird; measured and banded her as an HY (hatching year), and then released her on her way south. 

She flew all the way to southern Alabama and would have flown either across or around the Gulf of Mexico to winter in Mexico. There, she would fill up on insects and the nectar of tropical flowers before launching the journey north in late winter. 

Bird Banding Research in Motion

In she arrives, there and back again to Warner Parks, where she was safely caught, recorded and released on Tuesday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. A tiniest of birds who traveled a great distance, of all the odds, back in my hands once more. 

To make matters more poetic, she was originally banded on my (Heather Gallagher) grandmother’s birthday, and landed on (B.I.R.D Program Director) Laura Cook’s grandmother’s birthday this time around. Stealing the spotlight, or sending a signal?

To learn  more about the B.I.R.D. program and banding at Warner Parks, click here

Celebrating our 40 year legacy of avian research

The B.I.R.D. Program is funded by Friends of Warner Parks, in collaboration with Warner Park Nature Center and Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, staff, and partners - this year marks the 40th anniversary of the WPNC Bird Banding Station! Please support our legacy bird research and public engagement and education programs by making a donation, becoming a member, and volunteering with Warner Parks. #ProtectTheBirds #ProtectWarnerParks.

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