Sunday, November 20, 2016

Getting Chilly With It

Looks like it might be a colder year this year. We got started today with the temperature in the low 40s. Last year we had to wear a jacket maybe one day all season. Oh, well. Perhaps it will bring us some interesting birds.

Today was Gray Catbird day. They were the most captured species throughout the morning.

Gray Catbird

House Wrens were calling in various locations but we only netted a single bird that was first banded two years ago.

House Wren

Just when it occurred to us that we had yet to hear a single Eastern Phoebe, one found a net down the lanes.

Eastern Phoebe

We caught a couple of Hermit Thrushes. Both were juveniles and very fluffy against the cold.

Hermit Thrush

Time for a trip out to the lake. Skies were super clear and Moon was nice and crisp.


Myrtle Warblers (Yellow-rumped Warbler) are increasing in numbers and are now found mainly coming through the marsh and out over the lake.

Myrtle Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler

At the mouth of the river a Pied-billed Grebe fed in the shallow water in front of the fishing pier.

Pied-billed Grebe

A Tricolored Heron joined the grebe after sneaking through the grasses.

Tricolored Heron

Cattails are shedding and they are getting plenty of help from the increasing winds.


As stated, Myrtle Warbler numbers are increasing and we finally got our first one of the season.

Myrtle Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler

Once we banded the Myrtle Warbler Richard called for a group photo.

Myrtle Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler

On our final net check we got a handsome Swamp Sparrow to round out the day.

Swamp Sparrow

It should be a little warmer next weekend. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, November 27th.
All nets will be opened by 6:30 A.M.

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