Hopefully the last chilly morning of the year. Knock wood.
Last time out we were all discussing where to plant native plants to increase bird fly throughs and the fact that we have never caught a Myrtle Warbler here at Lake Lotus. Can't say that any longer!
Today we captured a beautiful male Myrtle Warbler going into Spring plumage. A very, very welcome sight.
Most other birds were recaptured Cardinals, Kinglets, a House Wren, and a Hermit Thrush. This Cardinal is one of the earliest birds we captured and he is spectacular.
The female we captured later in the day was one of the first ever recorded at Lake Lotus and they are lovely, as well.
During the morning, Richard and our visitors, Bill and his daughter Grace, checked the nest boxes for signs of activity. No new nesting birds yet but they did discover many other residents. Mostly Flying Squirrels.
Checking another box finds the same species but different numbers...
Here, Christine captured a moment where Bill was taking a turn getting a shot of the squirrels in the box.
Unlike last year, we now have a new plant species covering most of the net lanes. It has been ID'd as 'Earthsmoke'. It covers nearly every available spot. Maybe our clearing of invasives has let it establish itself this year. A very pretty flower.
The only other difference today was that of the discovery of an Eastern Tent Caterpillar nest by the river. Everyone took good long looks before we ended the day.
A close up shot reveals the caterpillers moving about in and over the webs.
Spring is definitely in the air. Finally!
Daylight Savings time begins next week. Please note the start time adjusted for the change.
Next Banding Day: Sunday, March 14th.
We will open nets by 6:55 A.M.