When I arrived this morning the north wind was already up and it continued to rise. It wasn’t raining but the weather map showed it was just a matter of time. We opened a couple of nets and a few traps anyway and managed to capture 21 birds before the rain really got going. We followed this up with a census which wasn’t spectacular but did turn up the first Barn Swallow and Swamp Sparrow of the year.
2 Chipping Sparrows
1 Dark-eyed Junco
3 Brown-headed Cowbirds
ET’s: 31 spp.
Photos (from yesterday which will explain the sunshine….):
Honey bee working its magic on the crocuses. -MMG
This Bald Eagle appears to be carrying nesting material. -MMG
One of yesterday’s 8 Chipping Sparrows. -MMG
Although the Chipping Sparrow on the left has a duller crown it is still an “older” bird as we know it was banded a couple of years ago (a retrap). -MMG
Field Sparrow giving its all. Ah….the ardour of Spring. -MMG
On the ground the Field Sparrow’s plumage is very cryptic. -MMG
Instructing some Sparks about the wonder of birds. -MMG
We have relocated some nest boxes and concentrated them in the Butterfly Meadow – a situation that the Tree Swallows seem to like. -MMG