I shudder to think this but….today is the 27th Fall season that I have tried to monitor the flow of migrating birds through the area by banding and counting. It was a tough slog getting ready as I’ve been away for much of the Summer and, in my absence, the plant growth has been nothing short of phenomenal. The net lanes were relatively easy but the trails getting to them have been a chore. I started clearing/cutting yesterday and made some headway and fortunately Diane Green was available today to help put up the nets (one person can do it but it’s really difficult) and do more trail clearing. We got the 6 nets up on the west side of the pond and about 200 m. of trail through the wetland and heading for the other lanes cleared. Tomorrow we will continue clearing and, hopefully, will get the other nets up.
We ran a couple of the early nets and were rewarded with the capture of 5 birds:
1 Black-capped Chickadee
3 House Wrens
1 Common Yellowthroat