Sunday, September 1, 2013

Enough of the Saturday Night Rain, Already!

Saturday was dry and hot. Until 7 PM. Then the rain returned and stayed over the Orlando area for a couple hours. Meaning yet another morning of wet feet and dripping trees. Even the dragonflies were soaked and had to wait for the sunlight to dry out.


Birds were few and far between throughout the morning. We started the day with a couple of recaptured local Carolina Wrens.

Carolina Wren

High rainfall totals are feeding the invasives, like the Air Potato, and they are taking advantage. We pull them out along the way as we check the nets. County officials are suppose to assess the problems sometime this month and may provide another source of removal.

Air Potato

Many of our native plantings are doing well, too, and are likewise enjoying the rain. The Wax Myrtles are starting to get tall and this particular specimen is full of fruit.

Wax Myrtle

Migrating birds love the fruit of Wax Myrtle and the insects that gather there. Looking forward to see what takes advantage of this food source.

Wax Myrtle

Green Tree Frog don't mind the wet. Lynn found this one among the palm fronds.

Green Tree Frog

She also found a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Net 9. Gnatcatchers are difficult to catch and typically stay high in the trees so it is always nice to have one in hand.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Susan got a photo of the other volunteers while Andrew was out tending to unruly vegetation.


Hopefully he won't accidentally grab onto anything dangerous like these Paper Wasps down in the grasses.

Paper Wasp

Manatee Tree Snails are still around and gliding through the underbrush.

Manatee Tree Snail

The rain does knock down some of the spiders overnight but the Spiny Orb Weavers seem to tough it out with their skeletal smile.

Spiny Orb Weaver

Once the Sun rose higher in the morning sky, things began to dry out before we left. Near the river bank, a Slaty Skimmer prepares to take flight after the moisture evaporates from its wings.

Slaty Skimmer

The sunlight casts a shadow of one of the green bees (Agapostemon) as they visit a Spiderwort.


As we prepared to leave we captured a migrant Northern Waterthrush. A nice way to end the day.

Northern Waterthrush

Mid-September is typically the start of the busy season. Now if we could just get a drier morning for once.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, September 8th.
All nets will be opened by 6:35 A.M.

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