Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Morning After

Back at the banding site after the Birdapalooza event yesterday, we sacrificed sleep (Daylight Savings Time also kicked in) and headed into the morning ready for whatever might greet us. Just after we set nets and got the table in order, we only had to walk a few feet to see our first bird on the day in Net 3. A Northern Cardinal.

Northern Cardinal

We had a visitor on hand. Phyllis joined us and supplied some photos along the way. Back at the table, we recorded the info for the Cardinal which was banded previously just down the lane so it is still on territory.

Northern Cardinal

Our next bird was a recaptured Swamp Sparrow we banded earlier in the year.

Swamp Sparrow

Charles, Christine and Andrew record the next set of data.

Swamp Sparrow

Up next, a Gray Catbird flew in. Finally, a new bird for the day.

Gray Catbird

As Phyllis remarked, it only takes seconds to get the band on a new bird, which is quickly released safely back into the wild.

Gray Catbird

Another recapture, a female Northern Cardinal.

Northern Cardinal

Over the river, a Barred Owl flew in for a bit and then we sighted the other of the pair preening in the branches.

Barred Owl

We had a Red-shouldered Hawk hunting around the banding table all morning and at one point we watched it with some sort of prey to eat. It was hard to tell, but we are speculating that is was a frog.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Out on the lake, a Pied-billed Grebe foraged near the fishing pier.

Pied-billed Grebe

Closer to the net lane, a Red-bellied Slider soaked up the sunlight for most of the morning.

Red-bellied Slider

Yellow-rumped Warblers were still around but mostly staying out in the willows hawking insects over the lake.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Still, we managed to capture a couple of them before the day was over.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

As we closed the nets for the day, we began to hear the high-pitched calls of Cedar Waxwings. They were in the oaks near the Barred Owl sightings and were gleaning from the branches.

Cedar Waxwing

A nice morning out by the lake. Birds are beginning to move North and we hope to begin capturing more migrants for the next few weeks.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, March 17th.
All nets will be opened by 7:00 A.M.

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