Sunday, March 31, 2013

Winds of Change

Back after a week off for Spring Break, we set nets on this Easter morning before dawn as usual. Right at dawn we were catching birds at a good rate. First up was a Hermit Thrush in Net 7. Just as soon as we got Net 19 opened a House Wren and Northern Cardinal flew into it.

Northern Cardinal

Next up, a male Common Yellowthroat.

Common Yellowthroat

An adult Carolina Wren joined the mix soon afterward.

Carolina Wren

Susan happened upon a Common Green Darner and got some shots before placing it in the Sun to continue the warm up.


Then the day went quiet and the winds began to increase. We couldn't find the Limpkins in their usual spots. Soon we relocated the pair. Both up on the fishing pier railings.


Down below, a handsome Pied-billed Grebe poses before a dive.

Pied-billed Grebe

Almost overlooked, a female Wood Duck glides toward the shore.

Wood Duck

We have been hearing a wonderful noise again in the area. Great-crested Flycatchers have returned.

Carolina Wren

Besides the Great-crested Flycatchers we also heard our first of the season Chimney Swifts twittering overhead. Those hardy "Wheep!"s of the flycatchers were all over, though.

Great-crested Flycatcher

Bob spotted one of the Barred Owls fly in with a large prey item. It was soon relocated across the river and our newest volunteer, Lynn, got a shot before the bird was spooked by some park visitors. It was determined the prey was a large (very!) rat.

Barred Owl

Not long before leaving we captured a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

One the way our to the cars we had a pair of Swallow-tailed Kites soaring above us.

Swallow-tailed Kite

One Swallow-tailed Kite even seemed to be carrying nesting material.

Swallow-tailed Kite

Migrants are being reported more and more. Perhaps we can capture some next week.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, April 7th.
All nets will be opened by 6:40 A.M.

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