Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Banding Minus Some Good Nets, Pt. 2

We decided to band on a Monday for once since Andrew officially has Monday off from work. The water has come down a little more. We can see the path across the river and the water is no longer flowing directly into the park.


More House Wrens found our nets this morning. One was a recaptured bird we first banded as a juvenile 2 years ago.

House Wren

A female Black-throated Blue Warbler was caught just behind the banding table.

Black-throated Blue Warbler

A very colorful Swainson's Thrush added to our migrant numbers.

Swainson's Thrush

We weren't expecting a Northern Waterthrush today. Most of them have gone South already. Not complaining!

Northern Waterthrush

A male Black-throated Blue Warbler was next. He was extremely fluffy.

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yet another Gray-cheeked Thrush joined the Banded Club. Glad we are back to an active thrush season.

Gray-cheeked Thrush

We were able to shift Net 9 back into position since the water has dropped to Net 13. Still hurts to have 6 productive nets out of commission. Indigo Bunting are taunting us just out there by the water.


See? Munching on seeds right across from where Nets 13 and 22 would be open. Sigh.

Indigo Bunting

We caught a new Carolina Wren. Harder to do these days. We have banded so many.

Carolina Wren

We are giving Bird-of-the-Day to a local. Blue Jays are heard all the time but seldom caught.

Blue Jay

The plans are for banding all weekend one more time hoping the water will be low enough to get the other nets up and make up some of the birds we missed.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th.
All nets will be opened by 7:00 A.M.

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