Date: 4/5/17 12:26 am
From: Karl Stecher Jr. <kstecher...>
Subject: re: [cobirds] a tale of kindness and humor
When banding cardinals "back East," I always gave them a #2 pencil to bite
on.

Meredith McBurney had a real challenge banding a barn owl at Barr Lake a
year and a half ago.

Karl Stecher
Centennial/Arapahoe




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From: "fiddlenurs via Colorado Birds" <cobirds...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 12:20 AM
To: <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] a tale of kindness and humor
No rare birds in this story but I wanted to tell it anyway.
A Canada goose had gotten his legs entangled in fishing line. It had
gone on for several days before I heard about it so, by then, he was
starting to lose ground. He was able to maneuver enough to get into the air
and then the pond, making it challenging to capture him. Nonetheless, with
the help of one of my fiddle students and a neighbor, we were able to
capture him and cut off the line on his legs. YAY!
So, this aforementioned fiddle student is a physician's assistant
who has studied wildlife in the past and had helped with capturing and
banding wild geese. (He also wrote a paper on overwintering birds of North
Carolina...)
While working out our plan to capture the goose, Jason (P.A) recalled a
story of capturing a swan for tagging with a fellow masters student. The
student tucked the swan's neck under his arm as Jason banded the swan. The
swan, however, having a longer neck than a goose, was able to swing his
head around and bite Jason's friend's nipple nearly completely off!!
Luckily, Jason, being in the medical profession, was able to stitch the
nipple back on.
I'm sure there were many lessons learned with the swan tagging
incident....wear a shirt...plan ahead for a long neck...find another
job...Like I said, any number of lessons.
There you have it!
Thanks, Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County <fiddlenurs...>

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