Sunday, December 4, 2016

Recaptures Only

It was another quiet morning with winds kicking up around 9 AM which stopped all activity except for leaves which we were busy extracting for the next hour or so before closing up. All of our bird today were recaptures beginning with this House Wren.

House Wren

Net 2 held a pair of birds shortly after the House wren. One was a very feisty Carolina Wren first banded earlier in the year.

Carolina Wren

The other was an equally feisty Ovenbird also banded this year.


As the Limpkin move further up the lowering river, an odd little Pied-billed Grebe has been following them. This bird was most of the way up the river feeding in the shadows when we got a photo. Typically, these Grebes remain in lakes and retention ponds.

Pied-billed Grebe

Down by the river, our resident cranky male Anhinga stood guard over the mouth of the river.


The final catch of the day was a Gray Catbird. Probably the best data of the day as we found this bird was first banded here 5 years ago.

Gray Catbird

We leave you with our version of Fall views here in Central Florida. Browning Cypress, mellow Maples and yellow flowers surround the Window on the Lake. A large view of this shot also reveals an Osprey, Anhinga, and Great Egret as American Robins travel far overhead.

Window on the Lake

A cold front will get here by next weekend. Maybe it will bring a few more birds out feeding and flying.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, December 11th.
All nets will be opened by 6:40 A.M.

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