An approaching front had us hoping birds were being pushed more our way during the start of Spring migration. Alas, we believe that the amount of raptors around kept them out of the way if, in fact, they were there. Red-shouldered Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks were seen patrolling the river toward the lake and the owls are finding food for young while Ospreys gather branches for their nests.
We did have a few new visitors to keep us company and a lot of flora to explore along the way so the time passed quickly. After we had a recaptured Catbird we had a Hermit Thrush which young William got to release.
We also recaptured 'our' Bachman's Sparrow for the 4th time. A little later we captured a new adult Carolina Wren which Andrew banded.
A beautiful specimen.
Richard took the guests around to check nest boxes but all they found was more Flying Squirrels. Here, Bill and son William get a look for themselves.
Next up the ladder was our new guest and potential new volunteer, Yvonne, who seems just a bit thrilled to see these cute, resting squirrels!
Finally, Ivana made her way up for a look.
One of the more exciting finds of the morning was our first glimpse at the baby Barred Owl in the nest across the river. The light was still low but all could see it clearly through binoculars. We brought cameras out later for a shot but the chick had ducked down too much for any photos.
However, the parents are still nearby and at one time were 'talking' to the chick. Maria got the first shot of one adult.
Then Andrew joined the photography party.
While walking the net lanes, the crew found an owl pellet.
A close look revealed the bones of a small rodent.
Next week we hope to see what the migration brings us. Should be picking up soon.
Next Banding Day: Sunday, March 28th.
We will open nets by 6:50 A.M.