Expectations were lower today as the radar has been quiet all week and the big migration has passed. We were at least hoping not to get shut out but we actually got 7 birds. Not too bad, considering.
Maggie made her family wake up early to join us so we had some company. First bird in the nets was a new male Northern Cardinal. Maggie applies the band to another of our local Cardinal group.
Next, we recaptured a Hermit Thrush. Something about the look of the band made it seem like an older recapture and, indeed, this turned out to be a returning bird that we first banded last February!
Maggie's mom gets to release our returning bird back into the woods.
Two recaptured Carolina Wrens were in Net 12 right next to each other.
This time, Dani gets to return a bird to the wild with a little instruction from Maggie on handling techniques.
Most of us were walking the trail and wondering if another Northern Cardinal would hit the nets. It was calling like crazy but hadn't moved yet. Suddenly, it took off and landed straight in Net 9 as we watched. This bird grabbed onto the netting with both feet and was a bit of a tangled mess. Andrew eventually got it out and back to the table.
Turned out to be a bit of a younger bird. You can just make out the darker sections of the bill showing it was born a little earlier in the year.
Our other migrant of the morning was a female Ruby-crowned Kinglet. The family was thrilled to see one up close and Dani got to release this bird, too.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. We return to the woods next Sunday!
Next Banding Day: Sunday, November 28th.
All nets will be opened by 6:30 A.M.