Sunday, October 2, 2011

First Wave of Migrants Already Gone

Bummer. We were hoping to continue our streak of large captures but this morning turned out to be quiet. Seems most birds have moved on from the first wave and are currently hugging the east coast of Florida and streaming down to the Keys and off to the South. The calls of the Yellowthroats have subsided but we did still manage to net a couple.

Common Yellowthroat

For the past 2 weeks we have watched as a Brown Thrasher was sitting in Net 13 in the same spot. Each time it escaped before we could grab it. Today, we got it! In fact, we captured two different juveniles throughout the morning.

Brown Thrasher

Adding a little more color today was another female American Redstart.

American Redstart

She was very bright and a nice capture for the morning.

American Redstart

Overall, very slow. However, Indigo Buntings are being heard closer to the nets and we hope to start our wave of them next week. That is if the rains don't wash us out. Check back by late Saturday to see if we can still band next Sunday. Could be a front washing over us and the winds may be high enough to force us to sleep in.

UPDATE: It is official. We are sleeping in. Heavy rains and high winds are forecast through Monday. Hate to miss one of the peak weeks, but...
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, October 16th.

All nets will be opened by 7:00 A.M.

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