Sunday, July 17, 2016

Checking the Site

I went to the banding site to see how much work we will need to do before beginning the next Session. Looks like we are gonna need a bigger mower. Net 9 is just about engulfed.

Net 9

Most of the other net poles are being overtaken by Air Potato.

Air Potato

There is minimal signs that the Air Potato Beetles have been around this year. There are only a couple of leaves that were chewed on and it looks like that was quite some time ago.

Air Potato

In fact, I saw NO beetles today but a lot of healthy Air Potato vines.

Air Potato

Down by Net 22, the Guinea Grass is just as healthy.

Net 22

The only good sign was multiple families of birds. Juveniles of many species were seen all over, including Cardinals, Parula, Titmice, Carolina Wrens, and Downy Woodpeckers.

Downy Woodpecker

I only saw one early migrant, a Yellow-throated Warbler, but other early arrivers are being reported around the area.

Downy Woodpecker

So, a couple grueling weekends await us before we can get going in the sauna that is August.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, August 14th.
All nets will be opened by 6:25 A.M.

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