Sunday, April 23, 2017

Back to Regular Banding

Yesterday's Earth Day Festival was a disappointment, bird-wise, so we were hoping for a better day on the other side of the river today. It did get a little better but the migrants are still not here yet.

Gray Catbirds made up the highest species catch today with four birds. They will not be around too much longer.

Gray Catbird

A Northern Cardinal was recaptured down near the lake. we caught his lady in the same net last weekend.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Parulas usually prefer to stay higher in the tree canopy but this male flew directly across the river and straight into Net 19, bounced out and turned to get caught. this one had chestnut coloring down both sides of his flanks.

Northern Parula

Next up was a second year recaptured Carolina Wren.

Carolina Wren

We did manage one Common Yellowthroat for the morning, most likely a migrant.

Common Yellowthroat

This adult male Common Yellowthroat kept his bill open the entire encounter. If you look closely, you can see the bristles on the roof of its mouth that aid in keeping insects going in the right direction down its throat.

Common Yellowthroat

Out at the lake's edge, a young American Alligator keeps a watch through the cattails. The big bull is still out in the center of the lake.

American Alligator

Ladybugs have set up house on the wax Myrtles Richard planted not long ago.


Back in the woods, Golden Silk Spiders are still the dominant species where they set wide webs between the vegetation.

Golden Silk Spider

There is still at least one female Painted Bunting down in the marsh munching on seeds. The grasses are too far from Net 18 so we probably won't catch her anytime soon.

Painted Bunting

Our final bird of the day was another adult male Northern Parula. A lot of fathers are busily feeding their chicks this time of year.

Northern Parula

Hoping for a couple waves of birds in the coming weeks as May is almost upon us. Just need a shift in winds and we should be all set.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, April 30th.
All nets will be opened by 6:15 A.M.

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