Humming Bird Festival in September, Rockport, Texas
A trained and licensed bander works with a humming bird.
When banded birds are captured, released alive and reported from somewhere else, researchers can monitor the movements of an individual bird. Once carefully extracted from the trap, each bird is transferred to a soft mesh holding cage and checked to see if it has previously been banded.
Each "new" (unbanded) bird receives a band marked with a unique number which will be recorded in the BBL database.
A 2011 video of the process that I found on youtube:
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82 mm (35mm equiv.)