Further greetings and smiles!! We awoke to a very gentle northwest breeze. In the “old days” this would have produced a major flight of birds. Not this year! Not last year!! What is happening out there??? Look at our nuthatch and catbird totals!! Imagine this season without nuthatches!! Catbirds are definitely increasing and it is such fun to see the fuzzy messes we put bands on 2 weeks ago coming back to see us looking wonderfully sleek and handsome on the outside no matter how many feather pins are still emerging on the inner layers. Shelby spotted our first hummingbird for the season – and yes, the feeder has been filled with fresh joy juice. She also spotted a Glossy Ibis in the Swimming Pool that stayed only briefly. The Yellow-crowned Night-Herons are still regular visitors there though. Cora left us fairly suddenly this morning – a victim of the boat schedule so Ninfa, Shelby, and David are enjoying learning in amazingly beautiful surroundings! We have joy to share!!
Banding list for September 2, 2016
**Previously banded birds may include retraps (banded earlier in the current season), returns (banded in a previous season), or foreign recoveries (banded at a different banding station).