Sunday, March 27, 2016

Really, Wind?

Another week, another morning of rising winds and taking leaves out of the nets for most of the net checks. Not many birds moving about but we did see a definite sign of Spring. A Waterthrush feeding along the river bank.

' Before we could get started we had to move debris that had fallen during the storms over the last two weeks. This part of the 'honeycomb tree' landed right in the middle of Net 19. Good thing we weren't around when it came down.


Our first bid was a Gray Catbird.

Gray Catbird

Then it was time for a lull. Eventually, we captured a couple of local birds. One was a Carolina Wren. Camera decided to not cooperate.

Carolina Wren

Then another blurry bird. A male Northern Cardinal originally banded a few weeks ago. Interesting part was that he was showing a brood patch beginning. Nesting is in full swing.

Northern Cardinal

Not much out on the lake. A few fly-bys included Red-tailed Hawks and a single Swallow-tailed Kite rising high with the wind. April brings the next wave for migration and, if the weather wills it, we hope to start catching more interesting species. Fingers crossed...
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, April 3rd.
All nets will be opened by 6:40 A.M.

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