There was talk of rain but it never materialized. In fact, it turned out to be a lovely morning. Unfortunately, there was very little bird movement in the area today. Not often that a Northern Cardinal gets to be Bird-of-the-Day. But, since he was our only capture he can wear the crown for a little while.
Plus, he was one of our new birds captured two weeks ago.
The majority of all birds seen today were down between the marsh and the lake, fairly far from our last net. If only there were a way to get a net set up in the willows where we have carved out a few trails to the lake. Hmmm...
It is tempting. If only it were set up for the Winter weeks when that area is in most use. Today, the willows hosted Titmice, Palm Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Eastern Phoebes, Swamp Sparrows, Common Yellowthroats, and more. Staring at a list like that suggests it would well be worth a try.
Red-winged Blackbirds and Wrens like that area, too.
Only one more week to band in 2011. Christmas and New Years land on Sunday this year so we only have next weekend. Maybe we start the year with a new net position.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, December 18th.
All nets will be opened by 6:40 A.M.