Sunday, February 13, 2011

Birds are Filling Up

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.

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.

Northern Cardinal

Just down the net lanes we also got a new Hermit Thrush.

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.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Though secretive, we still get a few House Wrens during our days.

House Wren

Bird-of-the-Day belongs to our Swamp Sparrow. The first captured for banding this season.

Swamp Sparrow

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!

Swamp Sparrow

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.


  1. Hi - I live near Lake Lotus and have seen huge flocks of small birds flying northward in waves during the late afternoon (5 to 6pm) 2/15th and 16th. At first they appeared to be sort of reddish-bellied to my naked eyes. They were flying too high to be certain. Any thoughts on what they are? They give a "cheep" once in a while but do not seem to make much chatter as they fly. I was just curious.

  2. Sounds like American Robins. They are massing for the trip back North and have red breasts.