Sunday, March 15, 2015

Few Birds to Band but the Company Was Nice

We were expecting guests from a banding site in France hoping to see some of our local birds on their visit so we were up and ready for anything that might find the nets even though this is the transition period for Wintering birds getting ready for the spring migration. We had to remove some net poles in case the tree removal happened so Andrew headed out Saturday to re-install them prior to Sunday's usual banding. Unfortunately, the truck that was to remove the tree broke down. Right as it was getting ready to enter the banding site.

Still, we had to prepare for Sunday. As Andrew was removing the tarp at the table, a Carolina Wren bolted from below and sat on a nearby perch and began to call. Maybe he is setting up house where they did last year. In a watering pot below the table.

Carolina Wren

Heading toward the lake, a Bald Eagle circled overhead.

Bald Eagle

While trying to check the lake further, Andrew happened on a couple of Cuban Anoles facing of for a territorial showdown. The younger lizard was to the left..

Cuban Anole

Meanwhile, the older Cuban Anole claimed the branch to the right. They often have a more pronounced crest.

Cuban Anole

One the way out of the property, an American Alligator climbed out to sun on the opposite side of Net 13. Probably Pat.

American Alligator

The next morning we began our net checks and a familiar Spring sound was heard. A male Common Yellowthroat was chipping after being snared in Net 13. We had almost forgotten that now is the time to start seeing migrating Yellowthroats.

Common Yellowthroat

Fortunately, our guests were arriving and they got to see the bird being banded. Gill and Fran├žois were allowed to release the bird.


As this bird was being banded, Bill, who had heard about us through our day at Birdapalooza, arrived. This was also a Life Bird for him and we all toured the site throughout the morning.


Soon, we captured a House Wren. This was definitely the same bird we captured last week and released at the net as it was very tangled and we did not band it them to ensure its safety. Seems that this is its Winter home for now and can now show off a new piece of jewelry.

House Wren

Our final catch of the day was a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. As mentioned before, we cannot legally band Ruby-throated Hummingbirds so we got a shot and released it back into the same are. They hang around the blooming trees here from time to time and it is a joy to hold one for a brief moment.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Spring migration is about to gear up and we are looking forward to getting more finds along the way. The other notable bird of the day was a Louisiana Waterthrush that was prowling the river most of the morning as we all got great looks at it but were unable to coax it into a net or get a photo. Perhaps next Sunday.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, March 22nd.
All nets will be opened by 7:00 A.M.

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