April 16th

Nets were slightly frosty this morning, but opened without too many problems. Finally the relentless wind of the last week has diminished! The sky was completely cloud free all morning. I was basking in sunshine. The nets were rather quiet however, as were the traps.

The big weeping willow’s catkins are just emerging from their sheaths. It won’t be long until the first bugs emerge to feast on the tender shoots. Can the first Yellow Rumped Warblers be far behind?

Rick came to do the Census, and found a Pied-billed Grebe on the river. Rick was disappointed however that no Common Loons were sighted. There was a flock of 25 or so Double Crested Cormorants…..But they are not nearly as exciting as Loons.

Banded 22:
4 American Robins
1 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Juncos
1 Red-winged Blackbird
13 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 10:
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 American Robin
1 White Throated Sparrow (banded March 20 and has gained 3.6g)
1 Dark-eyed Junco
5 American Goldfinches

ET’s 39


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