|The second banding session
was not quite as successful as the first. Rain cut our efforts short.
New species for the day were northern waterthrush, Tennessee warbler,
northern rough-winged swallow, and bobolink. Our netting
efforts produced 23 birds and 11 species. In the lagoon a, or possibly
some, sora rails were calling intensively both banding mornings. A
special thanks to Tom Erdman for showing Pete Wolter and I what an
|Today was the first banding
day of the year. With the warmer weather there was also many new species
arriving the last week. Today new species included: Coopers hawk,
warbling vireo, Lincoln's sparrow, American redstart, Wilson's warbler,
purple finch, swamp sparrows, sedge wren, Baltimore oriole, least
flycatcher, great-crested flycatcher, black-throated green warbler,
common yellowthroat, winter wren, savanna sparrow, golden-winged warbler,
The species list for today hit 67 species and a total of 46 birds
were banding (14 species).
|While getting the nets ready
for tomorrows banding day there were several black and white warblers,
black-throated blue warbler, house wrens, gray catbird, and
yellow warblers. A red-breasted nuthatch was also calling.
|Today there were tons of yellow-rumped
warblers high in the trees and some palm warblers flying around too.
A Nashville warbler was seen and heard and two ovenbirds
were on the ground in the woods. More than 1,000 scaup were around
the point and many bufflehead, ring-neck, mallards, goldeneyes, and
common and red-breasted mergansers were around. A spotted sandpiper
was walking along the creek and several killdeer were on the shore.
Next week is our first banding week so we will see what new species
we will find.
| With the wind and cold weather
there was not much activity at the point. Six American white pelicans,
and a Caspian tern were in the bay and several white-throated
sparrows were in the willows along the shoreline. Two turkey vultures
were also seen. John Rose reported seeing 5 wild turkeys on the property
so that verifies the tracks seen everywhere.
|This morning there were the
flying calls of common snipe in the marsh while walking in.
Palm warblers were calling in the willows along the shore.
Good numbers of female blackbirds were present, especially at the
tip of the point. An adult and a juvenile bald eagle were flying around
the point. A sharp-shinned hawk was hunting in the woods and a great-horned
owl flew from a tree past me on the trail. There were few warblers
out today, maybe the wind was just too strong at the point.
|This morning at the point no
counts were done. Instead, we made a complete species list which reached
a year high of 60 species! Here are the new ones: northern flicker,
snow goose, double-crested cormorants, northern shoveler, hermit thrush,
wood thrush, ruby-crowned kinglet, great blue heron, chipping sparrow,
pied-billed grebe, bald eagle, sharp-shinned hawk, American woodcock
|This morning Pete was out early
at the point. He added some new species to the checklist including
eastern phoebe, a dozen gadwalls, blue-winged teal,
and some American widgeon. He also heard a a sora rail
calling. Tomorrow morning both of us are going to see what new arrivals
|This afternoon there were some
more new arrivals. In the Bay, green-winged teal and northern
shovelers added to the mix of scaup, red-breasted and common mergansers,
wood ducks, goldeneyes, and bufflehead. Golden-crowned kinglets
and blue-gray gnatcatchers were in the shrubs along the Bay.
|There were many new species
at the Point today. First, an error I have made many times before.
I have not yet said that I have seen herring and ring-billed
gulls at the point even though I have seen them every count since
January. New species seen at point 1 were tree swallows,
song sparrows, fox sparrows, and northern junco's.
At point 2, a Canadian goose was nesting and there were 50 sandhill
cranes in the lagoon. New species seen here were a brown-headed
cowbird and a yellow-bellied sapsucker. New species seen
while walking around the point were American goldfinch's and
yellow-rumped (Myrtle) warblers. Also seen was a hooded
merganser. Many new species should be showing up soon with the
weather finally warming up. Although not seen, in the forest areas
there are several turkey tracks so hopefully I will hear one call
some early morning.
|A bright sunny day prevailed
at the point today. My girlfriend Rachel and I went to check out what
ducks were at the point. In the woods we spotted the first belted
kingfisher of the year. There were goldeneyes, black ducks, mallards,
scaup, ring-neck ducks, good numbers of redheads and canvasbacks,
and some bufflehead. While at the head of the point, I also asked
Rachel to marry me and she accepted so I have to say it was the best
day of birding in my life!
|There were 35 mallards, 10
canvasbacks, and 11 pintails at point 6 this morning. The ice
has moved back in some with the below normal temperatures, resulting
in less area for ducks to swim.