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On October 3rd Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife held “Dead Creek Wildlife Day” at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison. This beautiful area is situated in the Champlain Valley with New York’s Adirondack mountains providing a magnificent backdrop as well.

On my way home from Vermont I stopped in for several hours to see what this was all about. The thing that peeked my interest mostly was the bird banding they were doing. The day was filled with wildlife demonstrations and guided nature walks as well.

Upon arriving the first stop was the song bird banging area where there had been nets set up to catch the birds. It was a little slow going at first but as time went on more and more were caught. Before my arrival a few song birds had already been caught and banded. The first I saw was a White Throated Sparrow.

White Throated Sparrow "Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area" Addison, VT October 3rd 2015. © Joe Geronimo

White Throated Sparrow “Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area” Addison, VT October 3rd 2015.
© Joe Geronimo

White Throated Sparrow being looked over before banding at "Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area" Addison, VT October 3rd 2015. © Joe Geronimo

White Throated Sparrow being looked over before banding at “Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area” Addison, VT October 3rd 2015.
© Joe Geronimo

While this little guy was being tended to whispers were coming in that a raptor had been caught, a male Copper’s Hawk. Now I was really excited! Then suddenly one of the volunteers appeared with some thick gloves and what appeared to be a white tube with tail feathers. He slowly began to take the hawk from the tube and show the growing crowd.

Captured Cooper's Hawk "Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area" Addison, VT October 3rd 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Captured Cooper’s Hawk “Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area” Addison, VT October 3rd 2015.
© Joe Geronimo

Male Cooper's Hawk "Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area" Addison, VT October 3rd 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Male Cooper’s Hawk “Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area” Addison, VT October 3rd 2015.
© Joe Geronimo

After the Hawk was looked over, banded and documented it was set free, flying off into the landscape. A few more songbirds had been captured while our attention was focused on the Hawk. Several Blackpoll Warblers made their way into the nets. These beautiful birds are extremely small but I love their coloring. Next was a Yellow Rumped Warbler.

Blackpoll Warbler "Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area" Addison, VT October 3rd 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Blackpoll Warbler “Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area” Addison, VT October 3rd 2015.
© Joe Geronimo

Blackpoll Warbler having its wing measured prior to banding and documentation  "Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area" Addison, VT October 3rd 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Blackpoll Warbler having its wing measured prior to banding and documentation “Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area” Addison, VT October 3rd 2015.
© Joe Geronimo

Yellow Rumped Warbler "Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area" Addison, VT October 3rd 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Yellow Rumped Warbler “Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area” Addison, VT October 3rd 2015.
© Joe Geronimo

While this Warbler was being documented, banded and measured another Cooper’s Hawk had been captured, this time a female. This one was a real beauty. Love the coloring on her and her eyes were grayish in color. Right before being captured she had just eaten a bird. If you look at the second image you’ll notice her crop {Bulging just below her head} this is where the digestion will begin and finish further down in the gizzard.

The talons of a female Cooper's Hawk after she was captured at the "Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area" Addison, VT October 3rd 2015. © Joe Geronimo

The talons of a female Cooper’s Hawk after she was captured, measured, banded and documented at the “Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area” Addison, VT October 3rd 2015.
© Joe Geronimo

Female Cooper's Hawk who had just recently eaten a bird. Notice her "Crop" is bulging just below her head. "Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area" Addison, VT October 3rd 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Female Cooper’s Hawk who had just recently eaten a bird. Notice her “Crop” is bulging just below her head. “Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area” Addison, VT October 3rd 2015.
© Joe Geronimo

Female Cooper's Hawk "Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area" Addison, VT October 3rd 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Female Cooper’s Hawk “Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area” Addison, VT October 3rd 2015.
© Joe Geronimo

During the course of the 6 hour banding several more Cooper’s Hawks would be captured along with a Bald Eagle. Sadly I missed this as I was listening to an hour long presentation on Vermont bears at that time. Countless songbirds were also caught along with one of my favorites, the Downey Woodpecker. All these birds were banded documented and set free. I had this amazing opportunity to learn some interesting and fascinating facts about birds during this event. The more time I spend outdoors the more interested I become with our wildlife. This was a perfect ending to an amazing Fall trip!

Cheers!

Downey Woodpecker "Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area" Addison, VT October 3rd 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Downey Woodpecker “Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area” Addison, VT October 3rd 2015.
© Joe Geronimo

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