Sunday, May 22, 2011

Getting Quiet, Hot

Would it be more babies this week or slim pickings? Unfortunately, the latter. Just not much moving around today as the humidity finally creeps in. We did capture a Brown Thrasher right before sunrise.

Brown Thrasher

It was not in a mood but we needed to tighten that band a bit more.

Brown Thrasher

A bit later we caught one of our adult Carolina Wren pairs together in Net 4 but we didn't take photos as we have plenty of them. However, Maria finally made it back out and took a lot of shots around the riverside. Such as this one showing that the next crop of Muscadine Grapes are beginning to set.

Muscadine Grapes

Still blooming strong for another year is the Partridge Pea near Net 2.

Partridge Pea

Even grasses can be pretty in their own right.


Maria and Susan headed down Andrew's trail that leads to the lake.


Anyone know what the name of this bug is?


An Ichneumon wasp wanders around in search of food. We believe genus Eutanyacra.


We began hearing the now familiar calls of the local Summer Tanagers. Andrew decided to try and get some shots.


However, they stay so far back across the river it is proving difficult. See that tiny red dot...?

Summer Tanager

Great-crested Flycatchers do come a little closer but not by much.

Great-crested Flycatcher

Meanwhile, a native Green Anole turns from green to brown. Or is it turning brown from green?

Green Anole

Time to go home. One more surprise as we captured a Mourning Dove in Net 18 just as Christine was about to close it up!

Mourning Dove

Mourning Doves are often too hard to catch as they are too big for the mesh size in the nets but we do get a few.

Mourning Dove

One more week before the end of Session 3.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, May 29th.

All nets will be opened by 6:00 A.M.

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