So we stayed all day today for the final banding session at Cape Florida, Spring 2010. Nets were open from 0615 until 1650. It was quiet first thing (all the birds apparently left last night) so it was obvious when new flights of birds came in. They would drop out of the sky into the treetops, giving their flight calls for a few minutes, then would settle in to feed quietly. There was never a huge fallout, but instead small flocks of birds came in all day long, especially around 0830-0930, 1100ish, and 1330-1500.
We banded 87 new birds today. Northern waterthrush were the most abundant, followed by American redstart. Common yellowthroats and Ovenbirds were also well-represented. A few Blackpolls came in later, as well as several Connecticut warblers. One of these was banded and a couple more were seen, including one that had the nerve to walk around under one of our nets, touching it occasionally but not getting captured. All in all, it was a nice final day!
We are closing shop early because winds are forecast to be lousy for Cape Florida action for the next week.
By: Michelle Davis on May 9, 2010 @ 9:12 pm at 9:12 pm