Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mixed Bag as Spring Arrives

Happy Equinox! We had a fairly busy day but the vast majority of birds are still up in the treetops. Early on a new predator was spotted. A Coyote bounded across the river just after dawn! As the morning progressed the wind picked up and the nets were soon full of leaves, fuzz, and seeds.

First birds of the morning were a Tufted Titmouse...

Tufted Titmouse

...and a Gray Catbird.

Gray Catbird

The Titmouse was bagged first and Christine headed down to get the Catbird. Once she did, one of the Barred Owls landed on top of the net pole to check out the wriggling bag. Charles grabbed a shot on his cell phone.

Barred Owl

He also grabbed a quick video of a second owl flying in to investigate. Click on the image below to see the movie in a new window.

Barred Owl

We watched a Brown Thrasher go into and escape that same net where the action happened. A bit later we had TWO trapped this time. Both were younger birds told by their eye color. The older they get the brighter the yellow becomes.

Brown Thrasher

Just a short while later in the very next net (13) was a very yellow Orange-crowned Warbler! Only our second one caught here.

Orange-crowned Warbler

"How can you be sure?", I hear you ask. Just look!

Orange-crowned Warbler

Just behind the banding table we got a House Wren.

House Wren

Richard headed out to check nest boxes. Still no birds. However, the ever-present Flying Squirrels were huddled down for the day.

Flying Squirrels

Another box was over run with caterpillars! Weird.


Trapped in Net 1 was a Green Darner Dragonfly. It rested in the bushes after a successful extraction.


Maggie found this Green Treefrog just hanging out.

Green Treefrog

Finally, we captured some Carolina Wrens to round out the day.

Carolina Wren

Whew! Busy morning!!
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, March 27th

All nets will be opened by 6:50 A.M.

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