Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mixed Bag

NEXRAD showed a lot of movement. Must have been all of the high canopy birds as we saw a ton of birds up in the treetops but didn't have a lot of low flying birds today. Looking back on the archives, however, 4 birds caught today are not unusual.

We did get a recaptured Brown Thrasher but the most fun was a new Tufted Titmouse down near the pier.

Tufted Titmouse

We also caught another Wintering Catbird today. Only spot we have recaptured Catbirds over all of these years.

Gray Catbird

One of the more interesting discoveries was that we have a new member of the family around. We knew there was a new Barred Owl chick across the river and it spent a good part of the morning staring back at us.

Barred Owl

Further observation revealed that there are actually TWO chicks hiding up in that tree.

Barred Owl

Sure to be some busy parents finding food some which will keep us on our toes during the netting efforts.

Meanwhile, insects continue to emerge more than ever. Nice to see some new colors like this Lady Beetle show up when Maria was looking.

Lady Bug

Later, Susan found a Spicebush Swallowtail resting along the trail. Many butterflies are flying now that the weather has taken a warmer turn.

Spicebush

Finally, the crew found a cocoon along the trail and brought it back to the banding table. We will watch it it for the insect to emerge later.

Cocoon

Birds are moving back North. Hope to get more for banding next week.
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Next Banding Day: Sunday, April 4th.

We will open nets by 6:50 A.M.

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