This past weekend was quite a hectic one for Wake Audubon. On Saturday we held a Young Naturalist bird banding event at Prairie Ridge Ecostation. We caught 15 birds, 14 new and one recaptured bird, a Northern Mockingbird that had been originally banded in 2006. The bird was covered in purple from eating poke berries! We also caught Field, White-throated and Song Sparrows, and both types of Kinglets. One of the other highlights was seeing the Loggerhead Shrike as well as two grubs he had impaled in a Parsley-leafed Hawthorne.
Also on Saturday was the pick up for our coffee and bird seed sale. Thanks to everyone who bought coffee and seed, and a special thank you to Outdoor Bird Company for hosting us as well as their kind 10% donation. Donna, the manager, is talking about making it an even bigger event next year for which we are grateful. Also a thank you to John Gerwin for organizing all the orders.
On Sunday, Wake Audubon had a booth at the new Wetlands Environmental Center on Peterson Street in Raleigh. That new building is lovely! It has a nice long porch complete with rocking chairs for sitting and admiring the wetlands. We had many visitors to our booth where we played the “what bird eats which bug” game and I led a birdwalk on the greenway. Thanks to the volunteers who helped man our booth: John Gerwin, Angie D, Mary Lou, and Carol A.