Hopefully, this is the last round of frost that we will have to endure for the season. It started forming as we set nets before dawn and lasted for a while. Many birds were present but most were staying up in the treetops.
Ground hanging birds were around, however, like our recap Brown Thrasher.
Thought we had banded every Cardinal around here but we still have been catching new members of the local flocks lately. It is always enjoyable to get a new bite from a newly banded male.
Just down the net lanes we also got a new Hermit Thrush.
Ruby-crowned Kinglets are still common during this run so it is always nice to get a new one to add to the inventory. A few were also seen in the trees sporting bands showing that those here are liking it around here for Winter.
Though secretive, we still get a few House Wrens during our days.
Bird-of-the-Day belongs to our Swamp Sparrow. The first captured for banding this season.
We usually get them earlier in the season so it was nice to get one before they move on. Seems this one wants to go back to the pier zone!
Maggie caught a couple good shots through the morning, including this Raccoon. They were present throughout the day.
A great sign that Spring is just around the corner, Maggie also got a nice shot of a Ladybug along the trials.
We look forward to giving demos for many visitors during the Wetlands Festival next Saturday!
Next Banding Day: Saturday, February 19th at Orlando Wetlands. Not sure about Sunday this week. Might be too tired!
All nets will be opened by 7:35 A.M.