Our last maintenance check on the nets lanes was performed today in the stifling heat and humidity. Sweat was unavoidable and copious. But we soldiered on for a few hours to reposition net poles (to fit the brand new nets) and to plant the first of our native trees that are ready to help meet our goals of improving the environment and, hopefully, make this a great place for the birds.
Ranger Gary showed up right as we did and began mowing the net lanes so we don't have to wade through high weeds. What a great sight to walk into.
We installed the new nets and enjoyed the clean cut views.
All the way down to the pier.
As for the new trees, we planted 3 Yaupon Holly in the area where that first net lane picture was taken above.
Wax Myrtles are going in near the pier. We planted 4 today and will install up to 17 more as the year progresses. Can't wait for them to mature and for us to get a chance to maintain them and bring in the birds, which love Wax Myrtles.
Many insects were in the area, of course, but this Viceroy was making its presence known by hanging out when not chasing away other butterflies. Fun to watch.
Down by Net 14, a grouping of Scarlet Mourning Glory is spreading over the last year and attracting much attention from Spicebush Butterflies.
Another great sight is that of the berries ripening throughout the area. Black Cherry, Beautyberry, Elderberry, and the Muscadine grapes are laying out the banquet table for the incoming birds.
A not so welcome sight, a large Armoured Catfish is nesting up river near the banding table.
Everything is in place for the start of the new season. Might be hot but we hope the banding will be even hotter!
Next Banding Day: Sunday, August 8th.
All nets will be opened by 6:20 A.M.