Saturday, May 14, 2022

End of the Session

The end of this season is upon us. Kinda slow but a decent end. More photos will be added when I get back from Chi-Town next week.

We will leave you with the final bird of the Session, a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird captured and released as we took down nets.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Time to sleep in during the heat for a few months and then we pick up again in September. Thanks to everyone this past year! Looking forward to more interesting finds starting in the Fall.

Today's Totals

Birds Processed New Recaptured Total
Northern Cardinal 1 0 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 0 1 1
Brown Thrasher 0 1 1
Tufted Titmouse 0 1 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 0 1
Totals 2 3 5

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NOTE: Due to the new CDC recommendations, if you are fully vaccinated you are not required to wear masks, esp. at outdoor events such as ours. Get your shots and come on out. Otherwise, bring a mask. All current members at Lake Lotus are fully Vac'ed.
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Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, September 4th.
All nets will be opened by 6:30 A.M.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Clermont Purple Martin Banding

We took last week off because we promised to band some Purple Martins with our friends in Clermont. It was planned for the Saturday but weather squashed those plans so we took a hit and gave up our Sunday to help get nearly 100 Martins banded before they fledged. It was a good time. Andrew and Jenny teamed up at two tables and got through the task with no problem.

There are a lot of photos from this trip, so sit back and enjoy.

All volunteers arrived just before sunrise on Lake Minniola.

Purple Martin

The main group brought down the first house on 7th Street and prepared to bring the Martin chicks to the tables.

Purple Martin

The first nest was on its way to the banding site.

Purple Martin

Connie brings in the second nest of chicks to Jenny's side.

Purple Martin

A nest full of resting Martin chicks.

Purple Martin

Andrew and Jenny get to work while Susan and Phyllis record the data.

Purple Martin

Each chick was weighed in the bag and the empty bag was later weighed to get the exact weight of the bird.

Purple Martin

Then each chick (and a couple of captured adults) were given their own unique band with specific numbers for data later in case they are later recaptured.

Purple Martin

We finished the 7th Street house fairly quickly and then moved down to 5th Street for the remaining house. The crew began to extract the next nest box.

Purple Martin

As we were banding, there was a race going on along the trail. The most enthusiastic member was cheering on fellow runners along the way. Of course, we dubbed him "Martin".

Runner

Let the banding continue, accompanied by music from the starting line down the road.

Purple Martin

Lynn and Kate were along to document the event and provided some excellent shots for us, like this one of one the nest being returned to the house.

Purple Martin

The crew was still hard at work gathering chicks to be banded.

Purple Martin

On and on they came.

Purple Martin

Another weight check.

Purple Martin

And another....

Purple Martin

Then banding...

Purple Martin

...and banding...

Purple Martin

...and more banding.

Purple Martin

Most of the chicks were young enough and very docile. Some showed a little more personallity.

Purple Martin

Once the last of the Martins were banded, we stayed a bit to watch and photograph the adults as they arrived back at the now raised house to start bringing in food for their hungry broods. One of the females seemed to have brought in a shell of some sort.

Purple Martin

The main catch of the day seemed to be dragonflies.

Purple Martin

This bird returned and we could see it had been previously banded, most likely from the week before.

Purple Martin

She was quickly joined by a male before they flew off again in search of more food for the hungry chicks.

Purple Martin

This male came in with a Gulf Fritilary butterfly.

Purple Martin

A great day of banding was celebrated as we concluded the morning. Thanks to all of the Lake Lotus volunteers and to the Clermont Martin Watch crew for asking us out! Next year may be even bigger.

Purple Martin

Our final banding day of the season at Lake Lotus will be this Sunday before the Summer heat chases us indoors until the first Sunday in September.

Today's Totals

Birds Processed New Recaptured Total
Purple Martin 81 0 81
Totals 81 0 81

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NOTE: Due to the new CDC recommendations, if you are fully vaccinated you are not required to wear masks, esp. at outdoor events such as ours. Get your shots and come on out. Otherwise, bring a mask. All current members at Lake Lotus are fully Vac'ed.
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Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, May 15th.
All nets will be opened by 6:00 A.M.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

A Couple of Surprises as We Enter May

May Day, May Day! Never know what might show up this month as most migrants are gone and we have a lot of local birds around. We did have a nice mix today, but they were scattered throughout the morning.

This time of year really gets the Carolina Wrens moving as they have had their chicks leaving the nests and they begining to leave the woods. We had several today.

Carolina Wren

Glad to have an Ovenbird this morning. Might be the last of them until the Fall.

Ovenbird

One of the last Gray Catbirds was captured and banded. Mostly adults heading for their breeding ground North of the state and beyond.

Gray Catbird

We recaptured a Northern Parula and then things got quiet. Then a few Common Yellowthroats began to move in. All adult males.

Common Yellowthroat

Connie soon brought in two bags and knew one was a Yellowtroat but was unsure of the other bird right next to it. Turned out to be a female Prairie Warbler! We have not banded this species since 2017. They are typically high in the canopy or out in the marsh.

Prairie Warbler

During the day, we had a recaptured Northern Cardinal. A nice bright male.

Northern Cardinal

A new Carolina Wren had a surpizing detail. A pure white covert.

Carolina Wren

The final bird of the day was an adult Brown Thrasher.

Brown Thrasher

We are NOT banding at Lotus this Sunday as a planned banding of Purple Martins, scheduled for Saturday, got pushed back into Sunday due to early morning rains. We will get back to Lotus on the 15th, weather permitting.

Today's Totals

Birds Processed New Recaptured Total
Gray Catbird 1 0 1
Northern Cardinal 0 1 1
Carolina Wren 0 4 4
Brown Thrasher 1 0 1
Northern Parula 0 1 1
Prarie Warbler 1 0 1
Ovenbird 1 0 1
Common Yellowtrhoat 2 0 2
Totals 6 6 12

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NOTE: Due to the new CDC recommendations, if you are fully vaccinated you are not required to wear masks, esp. at outdoor events such as ours. Get your shots and come on out. Otherwise, bring a mask. All current members at Lake Lotus are fully Vac'ed.
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Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, May 15th.
All nets will be opened by 6:05 A.M.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Willy-Nilly End of April

A bunch of locals for the end of April. A couple migrants were heard but never seen too well. Seems like everything around today were locals, but there have to still be some migrants around.

Like the one Gray Catbird we got early on.

Gray Catbird

A bit earlier, we had a recaptured Northern Cardinal.

Northern Cardinal

Things grew quiet rather quickly after that until we started catching a Northern Parula. This was the same female we caught 3 times last weekend.

Northern Parula

Robin and Micheal returned this week and he got to release her back toward the nest.

Northern Parula

We were prepared to call it a day and suddenly began to catch Tufted Titmice. Two newly fledged chicks we first. They are fiesty!

Tufted Titmouse

Then we ended up with an adult as she was busy gathering food, too.

Tufted Titmouse

We will have a Saturday banding a few Purple Martins in Clermont next Saturday and then retun Sunday to the main site.

Today's Totals

Birds Processed New Recaptured Total
Gray Catbird 6 1 7
Northern Cardinal 0 1 1
Northern Parula 1 0 1
Tufted Titmouse 3 0 3
Totals 10 2 12

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NOTE: Due to the new CDC recommendations, if you are fully vaccinated you are not required to wear masks, esp. at outdoor events such as ours. Get your shots and come on out. Otherwise, bring a mask. All current members at Lake Lotus are fully Vac'ed.
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Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, May 1st.
All nets will be opened by 6:15 A.M.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Easter 2022 - Looking for the Bunny

Several of us saw the Easter Bunny but we failed to get a shot of it this year. Oh, well.

Gray Catbirds ruled the day for the second week in a row. Migration is moving Northward right on schedule.

Gray Catbird

House Wrens are getting more active, too. We had two today and some are singing on property.

House Wren

Northern Parulas chicks are everywhere and the parents are busy finding food for these hungry babies. We caught several, some more than once, as they gathered food for eager mouths. This was a nice adult male.

Northern Parula

The crew found a Parula nest just past Net 10 and got some shots of Mom feeding babies in there little moss house overhead. We caught her 3 times before deciding to close the net to stop causing stress. She definitly had a particular route. Look closely and you can see the band that was applied an hour eariler.

Northern Parula

As always, guests get to release and photgraph the processed birds.

Northern Parula

Bird of the Day goes to a male Indigo Bunting captured in Net 2 just behind the table at the end of the day. Seems we always catch one last bunting around Earth Day.

Indigo Bunting

Today's Totals

Birds Processed New Recaptured Total
Gray Catbird 7 0 7
Northern Cardinal 0 1 1
Northern Parula 4 0 4
House Wren 2 0 2
Indigo Bunting 1 0 1
Totals 14 1 15

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NOTE: Due to the new CDC recommendations, if you are fully vaccinated you are not required to wear masks, esp. at outdoor events such as ours. Get your shots and come on out. Otherwise, bring a mask. All current members at Lake Lotus are fully Vac'ed.
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Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, April 24th.
All nets will be opened by 6:20 A.M.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Banding is on Sunday

We will be banding Sunday, April 17th. There are so many photos to process from last week and work has been in the way so the latest blog is still in progress.
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Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, April 17th.
All nets will be opened by 6:30 A.M.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

No Banding April 3rd

Giving in early as the forecast does not bode well. All services projecting raining into the morning. Of course, that means it might be a beautiful Sunday after early morning, but when we have to get there well before dawn....

Enjoy your next adventure.

Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, April 10th.
All nets will be opened by 6:35 A.M.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Lots of Humans, a Few Birds

We knew there would be a LOT of visitors today and hoped for a good number of birds. Visitors showed, birds were scarce, as they have been all season.

Our first bird of the morning was a Gray Catbird. The interesting fact about this bird was that it was first banded as a juvenile 7 and a half years ago. Still going strong and still loving this spot for a Wintering ground. Great site fidelity data.

Gray Catbird

Jim and Karen bid on a tour from Jenny and Karen got to release our first bird. A Gray Catbird. Glad they got to enjoy a nice experince with a wonderful tour guide.

Gray Catbird

Our other visitors were from the Young Birders Club that consisted of young birders and parents from Orange Audubon led by Kathy Rigling. Final results were said to be very favorable. They got to see the other birds captured today. See below.

Group

The group got to see the next bird, a recaptured Northern Cardinal.

Northern Cardinal

The next bird up was a species we have not caught in a year. A Swamp Sparrow.

Swamp Sparrow

Kathy's grandson got to release the Sparrow after processing.

Swamp Sparrow

Soon afterward, Connie came up with the Bird-of-the-Day. This is only the 5th Hooded Warbler captured and banded at Lake Lotus. A great end to the day.

Hooded Warbler

Check the blog often by the end of the week into Saturday. Current forecast is for rains as of this typing and we might not band next Sunday. Stay tuned.

Today's Totals

Birds Processed New Recaptured Total
Gray Catbird 0 1 1
Northern Cardinal 0 1 1
Hooded Warbler 1 0 1
Swamp Sparrow 1 0 1
Totals 3 1 4

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NOTE: Due to the new CDC recommendations, if you are fully vaccinated you are not required to wear masks, esp. at outdoor events such as ours. Get your shots and come on out. Otherwise, bring a mask. All current members at Lake Lotus are fully Vac'ed.
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Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, April 3rd.
All nets will be opened by 6:45 A.M.