For the first time since starting the banding in Hammock Park, we need to cancel due to the weather. The forecast calls for 20+ mph winds and heavy rain all day. I hope our migrating feathered friends will be ok during this stressful journey.
We will see you next week in the park.
After a windy and rainy day yesterday, the winds calmed down and lots of birds were in Hammock Park. Nearly every net run we had at least a bird or two out of the 12 nets. The total ended up being 36 birds with 3 of them recaptures. We had a good diversity of birds with 13 species being captured. The male Indigo Buntings were very nice plus a male Blue Grosebeak stealing the show. Other highlights included 3 “greenie” Painted Buntings, a Worm-Eating Warbler and Swainson’s warbler. The female Northern Parula we caught had a brood patch which meant she was incubating eggs.
I am predicting that next Sunday we will see more female Hooded Warblers, female Indigo Buntings and hopefully some thrushes. With mid-April being the peak time of spring migration, we hope it will be another good day!
Volunteer Jenn enjoying a close look at a male Indigo Buntin
Head shot of the highly sought after Swainson’s Warbler
Love the head stripes on the Worm-Eating Warbler
Female and Male Hooded Warblers for comparison
Only the second ever male Blue Grosbeak caught at the station