A crowd of seasoned birders show up regularly as well and it's interesting to hear their bird tales and about their other interests: moths, butterflies and dragonflies alike.
Today was filled with grackles and red-winged blackbirds.
|Comparing female (left) and male (right) red-winged blackbirds|
|Our first juvenile of the year at Chippewa was this grackle. It doesn't have the iridescent head of an adult male.|
Red-winged blackbirds can be seen flying all over- especially in fields. The pond at Chippewa is ringed with a plethora of them, yet they are not the most common bird caught and Bishop caught very little when he began banding at Chippewa.
We caught around five today- more than Bishop caught in his entire first summer. Grackles are also tricky because they are large enough to get themselves out of the nets. We caught three today.
A local high school student came banding with us for the first time. He will be working with us and a teacher of his for about four weeks through a new science program Alma is hosting.
|Monroe and a hairy woodpecker|
|Gall broken open|
We found an iris bloomed along the trail.
|The translucent bits may have formed during a period where the bird was not getting enough nutrition.|
|Krista and the first song sparrow|
|First cowbird- the joke is, if it looks really indistinguishable, it's a cowbird.|
We found some mud tubes along a swampy patch of path, probably crayfish holes.