Sunday, November 20, 2022

No Banding November 20th

Rain is on the horizon.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, November 27th.
All nets will be opened by 6:20 A.M.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Nicole Flooded Half the Site

Hurricane Nicole rolled through last week and we were interested in how the flooding would occure and how it would hinder our efforts today. Most of the storm was to the East and it was not as bad as Ian. However, all of the rain that hits our area flows down into the Wekiwa Basin from Orlando and our way. It turns out that half of the banding nets were washed out by high waters, again. More on that later in the post.

Gray Catbirds are calling and finally hitting the nets again.

Gray Catbird

We had a little flurry of Hermit Thrushes right after.

Hermit Thrush

Another view of the second Hermit Thrush.

Hermit Thrush

House Wrens were skittering about. We caught 3 today.

House Wren

As mentioned in the title, Hurricane Nicole moved through and flooded half of the lanes. This view is from Net 17 but we could not get nets up from 13 through 21.

TK

Time for Lynn's Micro Corner! The Cassias are bringing in the Sulfer butterflies and we found a caterpillar there today.

Caterpillar

Closer inspections finds a Leaf Hopper on the same plant.

Leaf Hopper

The stuggle of Life finds a larger fly caught by a spider which can feast upon it.

Fly and Spider

A young Cuban treefrog rests among the branches. They are invasive but we are kind, to a point.

Treefrog

A juvenille female Northern Cardinal was next in the bag.

Northern Cardinal

A group of students from UCF with the Conservation Leadership and Climate Initiatives (CLI) joined us today and got to witness banding and were able to release a couple of birds.

CLI group

Everyone gathers around the banding table for a demonstration.

CLI group

After banding the Western Palm Warbler, Jenny holds it up for others to get photographs.

Western Palm Warbler

A lucky CLI member gets to release the Western Palm Warbler.

Western Palm Warbler

The final bird of the day was another Hermit Thrush. Always notice the rufus tail feathers to distinguish from a Swainson's Thrush.

Hermit Thrush

Another guest got to release the Hermit Thrush.

Hermit Thrush

Looking forward to next week, though we are keeping an eye on the weather as a front is moving through. Maybe rain will chase us away? Check this spot before heading out.

Today's Totals

Birds Processed New Recaptured Total
Gray Catbird 2 0 2
Northern Cardinal 1 0 1
Western Palm Wabler 1 0 1
Hermit Thrush 3 0 3
House Wren 2 1 3
Totals 9 1 10

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Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, November 20th.
All nets will be opened by 6:20 A.M.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

That Was Close

A little more humid today. Lets see what birds we can find after last weeks nice haul.

When Andrew arrived at the table this morning he was met with a lot of tree debris all around. Once that was cleared out of the way he looked to the left. A tree had fallen since we were gone and hit part of the supply table and blocked the path to Net 2. But where did this tree come from?

Fallen Tree

So, he headed out to set the other nets and...OH...that tree. Guess the rangers will have another chore after they take care of the parks proper.

Fallen Tree

Hermit Thrushes hit in a small flurry as we started to check the lanes.

Hermit Thrush

Followed by an Ovenbird. We neglected to get a good shot of the House Wrens brought in after that.

Ovenbird

We hear Brown Thrashers every week (they breed here) and this is the first new one we have captured in quite a while.

Brown Thrasher

Western Palm Warblers were in force again.

Western Palm Warbler

We see a lot of Carolina Wrens but rarely get a chance to stare down that scary throat.

Carolina Wren

Next up, a female Northern Cardinal.

Northern Cardinal

The day wrapped with a lovely female Black-and-White Warbler.

Black-and-White Warbler

We currently are expecting Hurricane Nicole. The area does NOT need more water and we will see if more trees fall and how high the river will get this round. Stay safe.

Today's Totals

Birds Processed New Recaptured Total
Ovenbird 1 0 1
Carolina Wren 0 1 1
Western Palm Wabler 4 0 4
Brown Thrasher 1 0 1
Hermit Thrush 2 0 2
Black and White Warbler 1 0 1
House Wren 2 0 2
Totals 11 1 12

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Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, November 13th.
All nets will be opened by 6:15 A.M.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Net 21 Gone Again. Still Plenty of Fun

We were greeted by thickening fog and pleasent temperatures. Seems like we get at least one really foggy morning during the Fall. There were also a few rounds of rain the past couple of days. Since the water is still receding from Ian, that is all it took to cut us off from Net 21 again.

Starting off, we caught a House wren and then we were pleasently surprised by our first Wood Thrush in six years. Back then it was also a very foggy day.

Wood Thrush

That was soon followed by our first Ovenbird of the day.

Ovenbird

A bit later we got a nice male Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Black-throated Blue Warbler

The Western Palm Warblers finally started hitting the nets even though they have been in the Central Florida area for weeks. Flood gates have opened and we ended up with six by the time we wrapped up.

Western Palm Warbler

Got our second Ovenbird next.

Ovenbird

There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing the joy on a childs face as they release a newly banded bird.

Ovenbird

We got a recaptured Carolina Wren and Jenny got a close up with those impressive talons.

Carolina Wren

Giant Swallowtail pupa were found in a nearby tree getting ready to change.

Giant Swallowtail

We can't get to Net 21, but the Great Egret can as it forages along the flooded river.

Great Egret

Just under the water, a Water Beetle settles in between feedings.

Water Beetle

At Net 19, a sneaky Anole peeks out of the top of the pole. Pete?

Anole

A smaller thrush was captured in that same net a bit later. Turned out to be our first Hermit Thrush of Fall.

Hermit Thrush

Another House Wren was brought in.

House Wren

Then the feeding flock of 5 Western Palm Warblers hit the nets at the same time.

Western Palm Warbler

Surprisingly, it has been two years since we have captured a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. They are heard every year but somehow they evaded us during the pandemic.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

We closed out the day with a final House Wren and we took a closer look at their interested feathers around the eye.

House Wren

Now we move into November and hope the water drops some more and we can have all of the nets open.

Today's Totals

Birds Processed New Recaptured Total
Ovenbird 2 1 3
Carolina Wren 0 1 1
Western Palm Wabler 6 0 6
Wood Thrush 1 0 1
Hermit Thrush 1 0 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 0 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 0 1
House Wren 3 0 3
Totals 15 2 17

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NOTE: Next Sunday is time to Fall BACK! Plan accordingly.
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Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, November 6th.
All nets will be opened by 6:10 A.M.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Water Finally Receded. Reached Net 21 Again.

We not sure if we could get to the end of the lans this morning and the dark didn't give us many clues, Jenny decided to brave it, anyway, and we got out to Net 21 for the first time since Ian.

The rest of the morning gave us some nice birds and interesting observations. Our first bird of the day was a Carolina Wren. We had two recaptures of them today.

Carolina Wren

Northern Cardinals are ever present and we got another new male early on.

Northern Cardinal

Eastern Phoebes are still very vocal and difficult capture. We did mangage to band one today.

Eastern Phoebe

Common Yellowthroats are spilling through right now. You can hear them along the river and we caught one, an adult female,...

Common Yellowthroat

...and two, an adult male,...

Common Yellowthroat

...and three, another female. They should be here through the year and beyond.

Common Yellowthroat

Gray Catbirds are being a bit elusive for the past couple of years for some reason. We did get two this morning.

Gray Catbird

Our next thrush of the day was a Swainson's Thrush.

Swainson's Thrush

Our second Northern Cardinal was a female.

Northern Cardinal

Western Palm Warblers have been seen all over the area for a few weeks. It took us this long to get our first one.

Western Palm Warbler

Most of us look out for other interesting things around the property while checking nets. Lynn finds all kinds of sightings, like this Giant Swallowtail caterpiler waiting to transfer into a flying miracle.

Skipper

Connie planted a Cassia a couple of years ago and it was doing well. We were concerened it would not fare well during Ian. The storm wiped out all of the Guinea Grass surrounding the plant but the Cassia held firm and is now 12 feet plus and blooming well.

Cassia

Spiders do very well throughout the property and we walk through webs every morning. Some stay off to the side of the trail like this Triangle Orb Weaver (Verrucosa arenata). A beautiful spider.

Triangle Orb Weaver

Green Tree Frogs are welcome site as Cuban Tree Frogs have been taking over a lot of territory of late.

Green Tree Frog

Continuing the Ovenbird recapture streak, we recaptured another new bird that is now at least 6 years old. Nice to be getting all of these returning birds to the site.

Ovenbird

An American Redstart was brought in. After a close inpection we could determine that this is a juvenile male. Note the black splotches on the neck and the brighter orange in the 'wingpits'. Females have a more uniform gray in those areas.

American Redstart

We were trying to go home but then we had a spate of Western Palm Warblers show up to keep us busy.

Western Palm Warbler

Western Palm Warblers are flowing in all across the Central Florida area and we are glad they are back. Next we wait for the Yellow-rumps in a month or so.

Western Palm Warbler

Should be getting some rains in the area again over the week and hope it is not too heavy to block us from Net 21 so we can find some new species along the way.

Today's Totals

Birds Processed New Recaptured Total
Ovenbird 0 2 2
Carolina Wren 0 2 2
Western Palm Wabler 6 0 6
Swainson's Thrush 1 0 1
American Restart 1 0 1
Eastern Phoebe 1 0 1
Common Yellowthroat 3 0 3
Northern Cardinal 1 2 3
Gray Catbird 2 0 2
Totals 15 6 21

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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, October 30th.
All nets will be opened by 7:05 A.M.