Here are some photos from Wednesday’s American Kestrel banding at Duke Farms.
Bill Pitts and MacKenzie Hall of the state Endangered and Nongame Species Program removed two nearly grown chicks from a nest box not far from Farm Barn Lane, then weighed, measured and banded them.
The two nestlings — a male and a female (just like the eaglets) — were then returned promptly to their nest.
The male, above, posed for a moment for a close-up. The new Duke Farms summer conservation interns were able to watch the banding and learn about American Kestrels, a threatened species in New Jersey and the other at-risk raptors that nest at Duke Farms.
Jim Wright writes “The Bird Watcher” columnist for The Record and the Herald-News. He is the author of four coffee-table books about wild places, and the deputy marsh warden of the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, N.J.