Sunday, May 20, 2012

Better Than Expected

Getting into the hotter portion of the year and we had two weeks remaining. What might today bring? Mostly, Cardinals. They made up the bulk of our birds. One of the feistiest was this adult female who had to be given something to bite besides our fingers.

Northern Cardinal

We also netted a few of our other locals, including some Carolina Wrens. No babies yet but nesting adults.

Carolina Wren

There was a sad discovery along the way. The tree where we found Downy Woodpeckers last week had been broken off during a strong storm that swept through during the week. We found the broken branch where the nest was but no sign of any young birds. Hope they made it out in time.

Downy Woodpecker

The adult female was still nearby and seemed to be excavating a new hole or two.

Downy Woodpecker

Overhead, in the other direction, a Northern Parula finds a new meal.

Northern Parula

A couple of trees down, a fledgling Red-shouldered Hawk calls out for more food.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Richard brought back a couple of Red-winged Blackbirds for us. A male and female. The female was an adult.

Red-winged Blackbird

We quickly noticed an unusual thing about our new lady. She had only one talon. All of the others were missing. No clue how or when. It was an otherwise completely healthy bird.

Red-winged Blackbird

Our male was a first Spring bird. Almost in full adult plumage, it still has markings of a younger Red-winged Blackbird.

Red-winged Blackbird

We end our day with one of our newly fledged Northern Cardinals.

Northern Cardinal

Here is hoping that the weather holds for our final day of Session 4. If it is as good as today then it will be a great way to end before the real heat sets in and we will prepare for Session 5.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, May 27th.
All nets will be opened by 6:00 A.M.

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