Saturday, March 28, 2009

March 22, 2009

Still hard to believe that a day can start so loud from the waking birds and turn out to be just another day with very few actual captured. Chuck WIll's Widows and Barred Owls called in the dark and Cardinals sounded off in every direction along with the Wrens, House and Carolina.

We did end up with all migrants, though. Two Catbirds and a Common Yellowthroat. The morning was a little chilly it turned out to be a perfect day, weather-wise.

Both of our Catbirds turned out to be adult birds. The Fall seems to get us nothing but juveniles.

Gray Catbird

It was also nice to see another Yellowthroat. It has been about 2 months since our last one.

Common Yellowthroat

Meanwhile, Richard made one of the bird boxes a little more accessible for any Wood Ducks that might want to call it home.


Over at the fishing pier, Tree Swallows filled the air scooping up the emerging midges. So gorgeous to watch, so hard to photograph!

Tree Swallow

Braving the hundreds of streaking Swallows was a Wood Stork heading for a quieter wading spot.

Wood Stork

Teasing us just across the river was a huge feeding flocks which consisted mainly of Myrtle Warblers but >Kinglets, Goldfinches, Cardinals, Gnatcatchers and more was part of the feeding frenzy. They just would not grant us an audience even though our nets were waiting a mere 30 yards directly across from them.

Myrtle Warbler

Oh, well. At least we can watch the flowers bloom.



Bad weather (storms and high winds) still projected into the morning.

Next Banding Day: Sunday, April 5th.
We will open nets around 6:45 A.M.

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