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.
Most of the other net poles are being overtaken by 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.
In fact, I saw NO beetles today but a lot of healthy Air Potato vines.
Down by Net 22, the Guinea Grass is just as healthy.
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.
I only saw one early migrant, a Yellow-throated Warbler, but other early arrivers are being reported around the area.
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.