Sunday, August 21, 2011

One is the Lonliest...

Shhh. Quiet. We don't want to wake the birdies. Or maybe they just aren't here! Very low activity today left us with only 1 bird captured during our visit today.

Around 9 AM we caught our sole bird: a female American Redstart.

American Redstart

At least we managed a migrant. There are bird calls in the woods and there are some warblers high up in the trees but not much at ground level.

American Redstart

The Scarlet Morning Glory is blooming nicely right now. Up in the trees above this area we watched as about a dozen Northern Parula and a striking male Prairie Warbler gleened insects from the branches.

Scarlet Morning Glory

A wide variety of grasses are producing seeds right now. Just in time for the new visitors. We need to start getting IDs on all of these species!


Looking like a burst of fireworks, the Sensitive Briar plants are spreading throughout the area and exploding with bright pink flowers.

Sensitive Briar

Oh, well. One is better than zero. We know the migrants are on the way. Perhap the departure of Hurricane Irene will usher in a better haul next week.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, August 28st.

All nets will be opened by 6:30 A.M.

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