Finally made it back out to Lake Lotus after missing a week for freezing temperatures and one for the Orlando Wetlands Festival. We were in a tight window for the morning as rain was creeping in from the Gulf but we managed a few hours and ducked out just before the sprinkles began.
Nothing extraordinary was captured. A couple Catbirds, a couple recaptured migrants (Hermit Thrush and another Catbird), a new Caroline Wren, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Otherwise, it was fairly quiet. Many birds seen and heard but not much flying. However, there are many signs that the turn back North is occurring. Especially since we are hearing Northern Parulas singing to beat the band!
We waited to post this week as we knew that there was a more special event taking place this week. Our friends Scott and Carol McCorkle at the Avian Reconditioning Center had a couple birds ready for release that they wanted banded. First up was a Red-shouldered Hawk which was banded and made ready for release.
Then the star of the day. An adult Bald Eagle. Scott holds the hooded raptor and Carol and Maria hold the leg steady as Richard gets the band set.
A shot of the attached band. These bands are so large they require a riveted type of aluminum for such a big bird.
The proud crew poses for a shot before heading out for the bird's release.
The eagle was taken to a spot in Mount Dora for release. Richard removes the hood as Carol secures the bird.
The most enjoyable part of rehabing raptors. Setting the healthy birds free again!
Off it flies into the Florida sky. We wish it all the best for a long and healthy life.
May be dodging the rain again by Sunday but hope to start capturing migrating birds which are staging for their trip back North.
NOTE: No banding on the 4th. Rains are scheduled for the morning.
EXTRA NOTE!!!: Daylight Saving time starts next Sunday! Please set your clock accordingly.
(Yet another) NOTE: No banding on the 11th. Rains and high winds are here this morning. Getting ridiculous!
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, March 18th.
All nets will be opened by 7:15 A.M.