Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Little Busier Than Typical

Not bad for a mid-January at Lotus. 14 birds captured though things seemed rather quiet all around. Heck, the Barred Owls didn't even start calling until nearly 9 AM.

First bird of the day was a second-year Hermit Thrush. You can just make out the fading buffy wing tips on this aging bird.

Hermit Thrush

We caught a number of birds in nets that are not often hit, which was nice. Especially when we caught a couple of Carolina Wrens up at Net 2. Both were younger birds hatched in 2010.

Carolina Wren

Next up, a sibling that is just molting into more adult plumage. The white spots typical of an older bird are just appearing. Other wrens were heard nearby so it seems they decided to hang out in the upland for once.

Carolina Wren

Another member of the local flock it fashioned with a new band.

Carolina Wren

We recaptured our White-throated Sparrow from a couple weeks ago. This bird shed its tail feathers as we removed it from the net which does happen from time to time. They will re-grow soon. Nice to see it is still hanging around but we are still hoping for more sparrow species before the season is out.

White-throated Sparrow

Ruby-crowned Kinglets were the largest count of the day, accounting for half of the birds captured today. Most were females as usual.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Abe applies the band to one of our latest RCKIs (shorthand for Ruby-crowned Kinglet).

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

The best RCKI of the morning was a bright adult male. Females still dominate in capture rates but the males are still seen in numbers throughout the mornings.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Watching the temperatures as another cold front approaches. We may or may not band if it gets too cold.

NOTE: No banding this week. Cold front just won't stop!
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, January 30th.

All nets will be opened by 6:45 A.M.

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