A brief note. We banded at the Orlando Wetlands Festival today as we have for the past past several years. Bird captures were down from the past. Probably due to warmer weather this year and the food for birds was readily available elsewhere. Last year we banded copious amounts of Myrtle Warblers but had none this year.
We did have some interesting finds and will post them shortly. Alligators and other fauna took up a lot of our time and we actually caught our first Common Grackle. We also let visitors share in the joys of seeing some birds up close and had a wonderful time interacting with the public.
In the meantime, we will NOT be banding tomorrow (Feb. 19th) since we still have to reset a bunch of poles and, yes, we are all a little tired from a full day of work at the festival. Plus, the forecast shows rains could be on the way. Our next scheduled day of banding at Lake Lotus is Sunday, Feb. 26th.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, February 26th.
All nets will be opened by 6:30 A.M.