Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wind? Again?!?

One could tell simply by stepping out the front door at 5 AM that it was going to be a slow morning. The wind was easily audible as it whipped through the trees. But since we have a 'nets are always half-full' attitude we soldiered on.

Catching a couple of Gray Catbirds early on gave us a bit of hope.

Gray Catbird

Less than an hour later we recaptured a Carolina Wren first banded last Fall.

Carolina Wren

Then the Sun was fully above the horizon and the wind picked up in earnest. At least a couple of baby American Alligators were enjoying the warm rays.

American Alligator

A 6-footer was out in the lake cruising near the shore.

American Alligator

Our first Swallow-tailed Kite of the year arrived using the ample wind to help it soar along the tree line and search for a snack. Nice to have them returning.

Swallow-tailed Kite

We were hoping to catch at least one of the two Louisiana Waterthrushes seen today but they stayed down in the shadows along the river bank.

Louisiana Waterthrush

Sigh. Another day spoiled by wind. Now that migration is picking up we hope it will calm down for a while.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, March 26th.
All nets will be opened by 6:50 A.M.

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