It was a pretty slow day….yet again. When we get a “pulse” of weather favourable for migration (mild, southerly winds), the birds pour through but when it changes, especially the wind, the door slams shut and migration slows to a trickle.
There was a cold northeast wind through the night and into the morning. Frost coated the nets making them harder to open (I didn’t bother with #4 which was heavily coated); and the wind cut through the many layers I was wearing. The temperature didn’t climb above zero until well on into the morning and even then only got to 4.
Birds were few and far between – we ended up banding only 12 with 9 retraps. However, we did see two large flocks of Tundra Swans (74 and 64 birds) heading west. And, with Lake Erie frozen, we’re seeing many more ducks than we’re used to seeing…and good variety. Many of the ephemeral ponds in the local cornfields have ducks in them.
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 American Robin
2 Song Sparrows
6 Dark-eyed Juncos
2 American Goldfinches