Finally. A morning without any fog! Nice, warm temperatures greeted us, instead. We had a nice variety of species, too. The first of the morning was a recaptured Hermit Thrush.
Hiding in the bottom panel of Net 21, a House Wren is captured. It has been a while since we caught the last one. They are here but staying in the underbrush.
Many of the worts are beginning to bloom and light up the early morning.
Two warblers soon followed. The first was a female Western Palm Warbler.
In the same net was a female Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warbler. Seems the warbler are getting more active as the willows are about to burst forth in bloom which will draw more insects. Then, more birds.
Small purple flowers reach above the grasses near the river.
Out near the lake, the dasheen is coated with the scant moisture that is left over before sunrise crept over the houses.
An Osprey makes a close fly-by after being chased by a Bald Eagle. That whole story will be told shortly, possibly on another site.
One of our Ruby-crowned Kinglets was a bird we first banded nearly 3 years ago. The other was a new female.
After getting her band, she flew up into a nearby tree to preen for a while. Made for a pretty easy photo.
Our last bird was a Northern Cardinal. One of our most common species here but this bird was a bit different.
At some point in her past, this bird lost the bottom portion of her right leg. This looks like it was healed over some time ago and she is otherwise healthy. Birds can survive with only one leg and several have been witnessed over the years in other wooded area an along shorelines.
All the trees, including the Cherry Laurel, are in full bloom. On the first week of February. Should have a nice crop of berries before the birds head back North.
Time to have another Sparrow round-up on Saturday and then right back here next Sunday.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, February 10th.
All nets will be opened by 6:40 A.M.
The Great Backyard Bird Count for 2013 is February 15-18th.
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