We have 2 new nets this season thanks to the Lake Lotus park rangers plowing through the side of the regular net lane. This area is close to the lake and runs through some nice vegetation. We have high hopes for this area, especially once the buntings and sparrows arrive.
So far, this seems to be already paying off. We recaptured a female Northern Cardinal plus our second migrant, an Ovenbird in this very area!
Not the earliest Ovenbird ever caught in the Wekiva Basin but nice to see in mid-August. Lets us know migration is really on. Here, Andrew places the band on our new capture.
Susan shares a laugh while recording the banding data.
A bigger surprise was a bird captured near the end of the day. A Mourning Dove!
While not rare by any means, Mourning Doves seldom venture down into the nets. We usually hear and see them high overhead calling to one another. Here is a close-up. Unfortunately, our proper band sizes for this bird were not on hand so we released her after making some data recordings.
We also captured a couple Carolina Wrens, our most common captures lately.
Maria returned to the site today and brought her toy. A new digital camera. She spent a lot of time taking photos around the net lanes. Here, a bee inspects a Spanish Needle flower.
Thanks to friend Mary for letting us know that it is a bird pelvis. I think it is still along the net lanes so we will try to measure it next time and try to figure out what type of bird it came from. Would have to be big. Maybe duck? We shall see.
Every now and then we capture things in the nets besides birds. Last week it was a large black beetle (no cameras were on hand) but we more often get Dragonflies. When possible, we untangle them and release them back into the air.
This area was used as a dumping ground for decades before being fenced off and interesting items are continually found week by week. More disturbing is the presence of what is covering this tire. Invasive Skunk Vine.
We are continuously attempting to remove invasives when time permits to aid the park rangers who do the same thing on the other side of the river.
We will have to wait and see if the developing storms wash us out next week. If not, the next session info is listed below.
Next Banding Day: Sunday, August 23th.
We will open nets around 6:15 A.M.