Sunday, August 18, 2013

Still Too Wet and Quiet

Another late night soaking. Another early morning sloshing. Another slow birding day. At least there were a few bright spots in the day. Like when Christine walked through the sun rays along the lanes.


A close look at a Painted Leaf plant gives away the amount of moisture still in the area. Takes a a while for bugs and birds to start moving in all the wet. We did manage to catch a few Carolina Wrens today. No expected Ovenbirds.

Painted Leaf

Christine brought a surprise balloon to celebrate the fact that Andrew finally received his Masters permit this week.


Beauty Berry fruit is ripening. Many birds eat this native fruit on their travels through the area.

Beauty Berry

A Limpkin graced us with a visit during the morning. It spent much of its time right along the banks and barely paid us any attention.


One snack down and time to plung back under water to look for more.


The Limpkin was expert in locating and cracking snails and other shelled delights from the soft sands.


A lone Robber Fly waits for prey as things warm up.

Robber Fly

Many Argiope (Ar-Gee-Oh-Pee) spiders were seen today along the river banks.


So, no netted migrants. We did see a few, including Yellow-throated Warbler, Black and White Warbler, and Red-eyed Vireos. No sign of the earlier reported Cerulean Warbler but we will keep looking next week. Things can only get better.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, August 25th.
All nets will be opened by 6:30 A.M.

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