Does anyone have any info or experience with banding any of their blues? It would be nice to definitely know and track previous residents, rather than guessing if they are returning.
On the other hand I cant really imagine handling the little ones!
Chris – you might check locally to see if there is a “Wildbirds Store” or something of that nature somewhere close and inquire there. They usually have a lot of information and resource material from bird associations and societies that may be able to help. I know that the Virgina Bluebird society leaves their material in the WB store in Fredericksburg, VA and in local feed stores.
Chris – here is a link from the Sialis website on banding. Carol is right. Banding requires training and licencing from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the USGS and possibly the State. See the site for more information.
Our local organization, Prescott Bluebird Recovery, banded our nestlings for several years. I have mixed feelings about it. When the nestlings were removed from the nest and checked for parasites, etc., that may sometimes be of help although I never saw them find a problem with any of ours. On the other hand, I also have seen where the bands themselves may have contributed to the death of two nestlings when the banded legs got tangled in some kind of garden plastic material that was in the nest.
Knowing the identity is of great satisfaction in some instances for the person hosting the bluebirds. But I am not sure it is best for the birds.