4/07/2009

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Spring Update

Brett Tryon holding an Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Migration is underway, and we were all very excited to resume banding on April 2nd. Unfortunately, we have only been able to band twice this week because of the inclement weather. So far our nets have seen the likes of Song Sparrows, American Tree Sparrows, Black-capped Chickadees, Eastern Phoebes, Golden-crowned Kinglets and an American Robin. Some of our resident breeders have begun setting up territories, and we have been serenaded by the songs of American Robins, Northern Cardinals, Red-winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrows and Black-capped Chickadees. Belted Kingfishers have been aggressively patrolling their territories, emanating loud, rattling calls as they fly overhead. Tree Swallows have returned, and have been spotted scoping out nest boxes.


On Saturday, volunteer Don Johnston and I had the treat of seeing two Long-eared Owls roosting in some willow bushes. We were lucky to see these magnificent birds before they continued on their journey. Every day of migration offers something new and unexpected.