Thursday, April 9, 2009

April 5th, 2009

Spring Migration is on and so are changes in the landscape around the unused property of Lake Lotus. A chilly start to the morning lead to a perfect day and we ended up with 6 birds to process and one that got away.

Most of our birds were migrants but we finally recaptured a Carolina Wren after several months of them staying back in the woods. Andrew was trying to get a shot of the reported new baby Barred Owl when Sasha, a welcome visitor, spotted the Carolina Wren in the net and set about removing it.


A happy sight in the back row of bushes near the river: a Prairie Warbler. A clear sign of Spring.

Prairie Warbler

Richard took a break from hacking down oaks in hopes of revealing more under story to check the nest boxes.


Later on, Sasha found a Gray Catbird waiting patiently in a net near the end of the trail.

Gray Catbird

Back at the banding table, Andrew digs into the tools to band the new bird.

Gray Catbird

Then one more photo for the website.

Gray Catbird

Near the end of the morning we captured a House Wren. Not unlike the one that escaped at 7 AM!

House Wren

So, things are looking more lively, flowers are blooming, and we have more to research.
Next Banding Day: Sunday, April 12th.
We will open nets around 6:30 A.M.

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