A couple of sure signs of Spring are showing. Barred Owls are becoming active (reports of a possible chick nearby), Northern Parulas are suddenly singing, and the weather is finally warming.
The big different change this morning was the Little Wekiva River which has risen quite nicely after we just had over 5 inches of rain in the area over the end of last week.
Last year, several of us were jumping from side to side to visit the park proper while waiting for birds to find the nets.
We caught a number of recaptures and some new birds. One of the recaps was this still-wintering Hermit Thrush.
We also got a new male Northern Cardinal and a recaptured female but the Brown Thrashers are moving around again and bring more smiles than the Cardinals. Nothing against Cardinals. They just bite harder...
First bird of the day was actually this new House Wren who seems to say, "Let me go, or else!"
We continue to note the flowering of local plants and trees. The Cherry Laurels are blooming like mad all over the area and now we have found that the wild cherry trees are also joining in. Along the net lanes, the thistle and Earthsmoke are taking over the ground level from the lake to near the banding table.
The sharp eyes of Christine and Susan located a pair of Black-dotted Brown Moths mating in the leaf litter along the net lanes. An interesting diversion.
Finally, we recaptured 'our' Bachman's Sparrow we banded a few weeks ago. Seems to enjoy the digs around here.
Almost time for local bird babies to emerge and time to check the nets to keep the owls from getting too curious. Wood Ducks are also very active and we hope they find the nest box near the river.
Next Banding Day: Sunday, March 21th.
We will open nets by 7:00 A.M.