Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August 25, 2015 Red Letter (Bird?) Day

It really should have started with a parade and some fanfare but alas, it was actually 3 people with headlamps setting up nets.  Today was opening session for our fourth fall banding season.

We did not expect a lot today as migrants are just starting to move through in small numbers.  We did have a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on the property today but the rest were typical residents.

The fun was the presence of young birds born this spring/summer.  We captured three Northern Cardinals today - an adult female and 2 young males.  All three had new feathers growing in.  Can you spot the feather still in sheath?

Northern Cardinal
Photo by Nancy LaFramboise

Northern Cardinal
Photo by Jane Wiewora

Northern Cardinal
Photo by Jane Wiewora

Next banding session:  Tuesday, September 1.  Nets go up around 6:30 am.  Remember this is weather dependent - rain cancels banding.

Friday, August 7, 2015

August 7, 2015 - Another Season Begins

And so it begins.  If all goes well we will be banding at Possum Long again starting on Tuesday, August 25.  If there is rain in the forecast the session may be cancelled.  We are hoping for a great fall migration.  I am currently at 99 species banded in my life and I am looking forward to that 100th species.  Do you want to guess??

Banding a Lazuli Bunting in 2010

Next session:  August 25 with nets going up at 6:30 am.