Photo essay: Gigi & I

Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

My grandmother, Gigi, and I share a love of birds. So, a hummingbird banding workshop was the perfecting outing for us to spend some time together. Luckily, the Saturday workshop was from 1-4 p.m. at the Potlatch Conservation Education Center in Casscoe, which gave me plenty of time to pick her up in Jonesboro and stop at Jack Ryan’s Convenience store to pick up some of their oh-so-good sandwiches for lunch.

I’ve been going to the workshop for three years now and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored with it. There were no little kids this time so Gigi and I were both able to release a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird after they were banded. It was a pretty neat experience since the hummingbirds sat for a moment before flying off. Later, we drove down to the dock to see how high the White River was.

Here’s pictures:

Banding the first Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.

Banding the first Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.

Gigi releasing the first hummingbird.

Gigi releasing the first hummingbird, a male.

I got to release the last.

I got to release the last, a female who was also the rowdiest.

Close up of mine.

Close up of mine.

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

This one was already banded.

This one was already banded.

Already banded.

Another look at the already-banded hummingbird.

Eastern Bluebird that posed as we headed down to the dock.

Eastern Bluebird that posed as we headed down to the dock.

The White River water level is pretty high right now.

The White River water level is pretty high right now.

The dock at the White River. We were still able to access the floating ramp.

The dock at the White River. We were still able to access the floating ramp.

We found this lady bug on the floating ramp along with ...

We found this lady bug on the floating ramp along with …

This Broad-headed Skink (lizard) and ...

This Broad-headed Skink (lizard) and …

This frog who jumped off the ramp as I approached.

This frog who jumped off the ramp as I approached.

We spent our trip back to Jonesboro look for any wildlife. We saw very few.

We spent our trip back to Jonesboro look for any wildlife. We saw very few.

It was a day well spent.

 

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