Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treats?

So, what would it be today. Here it is Halloween morning and we wonder if will get a trick or low numbers or a treat somewhere along the way?

More of the former. Very few birds flying today. grand total of 4 birds captured was all we could manage for the morning. Good flying weather, high humidity, winds changed direction. Who knows what the reason actually is.

Our first catch was a female Northern Cardinal. Twigs were at the ready to avoid bites.

Northern Cardinal

Stephen watches as Grace helps to record the data for the Cardinal.

Northern Cardinal

A bit later we got an Ovenbird to up the tally to 2.


Grace brings in our Catbird for the morning.

Gray Catbird

Andrew weighs the bird in the bag before continuing the processing of information.

Gray Catbird

The star of the moment. A young Catbird as told by the light inner bill color.

Gray Catbird

Balsam Apple vines are producing fruits down near the end of the trail and opening to reveal its seeds.

Balsam Apple

Next to Net 3 we found an abandoned cocoon in the oak tree. Most likely belonged to a Polyphemous Moth.

Moth Cocoon

Maria bot a nice shot of the berries on the Yaupon Holly tree we planted a couple of weeks ago.

Holly Berries

We recaptured the young male Common Yellowthroat we banded last week as we were closing up for the day.

Common Yellowthroat

Next week is predicted to be the coldest of the season. In the 40s. Brrrrr.... Maybe we can get some Wintering birds.
Next Banding Day: Sunday, October 31th.

All nets will be opened by 7:10 A.M.

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