Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Few Chilly Migrants

Spring migration is underway and with bird reports from the day before we were hoping to get busy. There were a lot of birds around but mostly in the treetops. Our fist bird of the day was an adult Carolina Wren with a brood patch. Should be seeing baby Wrens soon.

Carolina Wren

A male Northern Cardinal, first banded last August, made up for one that escaped earlier in the morning.

Northern Cardinal

Flowers are popping up all over the banding site.


Trumpet Vine blooms are making a showy display closer to the lake.

Trumpet Vine

Meet Aidrian, our latest named American Alligator to hang out in the river. This is only a 4-5 footer. Later in the morning Pat was seen heading to the usual resting spot near the banding table.

American Alligator

Limpkin have been calling like crazy lately. Should be seeing baby Limpkin, too.


Maples are putting on a good show even without blossoms.


Ruby-crowned Kinglets are harder to find and they are busy feeding instead of calling in advance of their return back North.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bob came up the trail to let us know an Ovenbird was down in Net 17. Another migrant species that will be gone from our area soon.


The Swallow-tailed Kites were actually up and flying before dawn and soared over head all morning.

Swallow-tailed Kite

We don't see many gulls here so this pair passing over made us stop for a few seconds.


Susan swears she heard the raspy call of a baby Barred Owl first thing but we only saw one of the adults in its roost spot.

Barred Owl

The Limpkin that was out at the lake decided to head up river in search of shelled snacks. It was finding them easily in the soft sand.


Our Bird-of-the-Day was a male Red-winged Blackbird that has its territory over Net 21. After flying past the net for hours it finally took a turn into it. We have not caught one of these guys in a couple years even through they chase one another all Spring.

Red-winged Blackbird

Should start getting a little busier anytime. A nice tune-up before Earth Day next month.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, April 5th.
All nets will be opened by 6:50 A.M.

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