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World in Pictures (888) Day VIII Entry ~ Maureen Bisson

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Junco & Family at Feeding Time
by Maureen Bisson (H-May) 
Kodak P850
British Columbia

Photographer Notes:
A male leg-banded (blue,red,red,metal) Dark-eyed Junco arrived at our acreage on April 29th, 2008. I enquired many leads all over North America hoping to obtain information about where/when/why he was leg-banded. Found out he was leg-banded by Dr. John Marzluff in 2007, as a breeding After Year Hatching at a forest acreage managed by University of Washington, USA. Little 'Banded' has stayed with us since his arrival across the border, has found a mate and they now have three youngsters at their side. In the 'Family' photo taken today, 'Banded' is feeding one of the youngsters, his mate is top center & the other two are their other fledglings. My sighting of 'Banded' helped explain the lack of resites at the banding location in the States. It's been a joy having 'Banded' with us and a delightful bonus to see his new family!

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Joyce Webley commented on August 12, 2008 01:10:
What a great story! I do like these little birds. I feed them too, but have never noticed any banded ones. Cute image!
Bren Grubb commented on August 12, 2008 16:23:
Well how neat is that story! And a great pic to go with it! What fun for you and for us, thanks for sharing!
Terry O'Donovan commented on August 13, 2008 13:41:
Like the story and the photo.
Maureen Bisson commented on August 14, 2008 21:16:
Thanks for your ever welcome comments Joyce, Bren & Terry. Update to August 8th is that on August 10th 'Banded' was tending 5 fledglings. He was feeding the newest 2 only, and the other 3 were right with them but managing to find food all on their own. As of today August 14th, none of them are being fed by 'Banded' ~ thus I don't get to hear the delightful 'peeping' anymore.:( Have it all on video so can listen to them and watch the feeding-time anytime all year long. :)
Shapour Vaezi commented on August 16, 2008 06:28:
Great image along with its story!Well done thank you for sharing!Also thank you for your comment on my photo!
Linn Smith commented on August 17, 2008 11:03:
A beautiful story and very unusual how you were able to track the history behind the banding...amazing! They are a delight to view and joyful story giving you plenty of pleasure...please keep us informed on their activities on the next World in Pictures Day!

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