Sunday, October 30, 2016

Spookily Quiet

The day before halloween and the pre-dawn set up was eerily still. Barely anything was moving. Nocturnal insects were not calling or chirping. Just dark. And quiet.

We did not have a lot of activity today but there was a familiar species arriving right on time. The first two birds we captured were Hermit Thrushes. The first was a new bird and the second was a bird we first banded last December.

Hermit Thrush

Next up was a female Black-throated Blue Warbler. We haven't caught a male in weeks.

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Christine and Connie were out at the nets for a while but eventually returned from Net 21 and brought back an American Redstart.

American Redstart

Eastern Phoebes were calling all over the property, especially down by the lake. None wanted to come down to participate in our endeavors.

Eastern Phoebe

Only a couple of Gray Catbirds were heard today and we captured one just before the nets were folded away.

Gray Catbird

In the same net, a House Wren flew in, too.

House Wren

This bird put on a nice display and allowed us to photograph all of the upper feathers. One point of ID we point out about wrens is that House Wrens are born with white spots on their wings and lose them as they become adults (as this bird is) while Carolina Wrens develop white spots as they age.

House Wren

The crew was discussing Bald Eagles and if they were nesting yet. Andrew has a pair that nest near his house and swung by to find the female at the nest. Last year they failed for the first time to rear a brood. Hopefully, they can get back on track this season.

Bald Eagle

Our first Myrtle (Yellow rump) Warbler was seen today and Palm Warblers have been increasing in number so we are hoping to begin banding them soon. Maybe next week?

NOTE: Next Sunday is the time to Fall Back for Daylight Saving Time. Check those clocks!
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, November 6th.
All nets will be opened by 6:15 A.M.

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