Monthly Archives: April 2016

Owl Banding, April 30/May 1

http://theboxseat.co/?privet=conocer-hombre We did not band any owls last night. We heard a pair of Great Horned Owls calling back and forth. These were the first Great Horned Owls we have heard since March.

http://rebootpt.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed An American Bittern was calling as we were closing up nets this morning.

buy doxycycline tablets from chemist Tonight is owl bander, Kim Edgington’s birthday. It should be a cloudy night with a northeast wind. Hopefully some owls will come through to wish Kim a happy birthday!

Owl Banding, April 28/29

We banded one second year, female saw-whet last night.  Her wing chord measurement and weight just barely got her out of the “unknown” sex range.

We had another flying squirrel in our nets.  Luckily, it was not really tangled as much as it was just climbing around.  It quickly jumped to the ground after we approached.

At sunrise, we heard a Yellow-rumped Warbler singing.

The forecast for tonight shows clear skies with light and variable winds.

 

Waterbird Count, April 28

A decrease in Long-tailed Ducks today and to a lesser extent Red-breasted Mergansers as well. White-winged Scoters are still going strong. Only sighting of note was the largest flock of Common Goldeneyes that I’ve had yet, with 15 birds.

Canada Goose – 2
Mallard – 2
Redhead – 103
White-winged Scoter – 56
Unidentified scoter sp. – 2
Long-tailed Duck – 52
Common Goldeneye – 19
Common Merganser – 18
Red-breasted Merganser – 68
Unidentified duck sp. – 3
Common Loon – 14
Horned Grebe – 3
Double-Crested Cormorant – 58
Bonaparte’s Gull – 25

Others:
Turkey Vulture – 19
Osprey – 5
Golden Eagle – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 8
Bald Eagle – 2
Broad-winged Hawk – 33
Red-tailed Hawk – 2
Sandhill Crane – 1
Merlin – 1

Owl Banding, April 27/28

One Northern Saw-whet Owl and one Long-eared Owl were banded last night.  The saw-whet was a third year female.  She had fresh blood on her feet from a recent meal when we caught her.  After hearing scurrying under a nearby bush, we found several mice in the area.

We were unable to determine the sex of the Long-eared Owl, but it was an after second year bird.  Another LEOW was seen taking off toward the north at dusk.

We heard the howl of a coyote in the middle of the night, and observed a Great Blue Heron fly by during an especially beautiful  sunrise.

Colorful sunrise this morning.

Tonight should be cloudy with a northeast wind.

 

Waterbird Count, April 27

More business as usual. Once again strong winds in the morning subsided into a calm afternoon. I finally had my first warbler at McGulpin Point — a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Canada Goose – 2
Mallard – 4
Redhead – 71
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 5
White-winged Scoter – 25
Long-tailed Duck – 300
Common Merganser – 12
Red-breasted Merganser – 93
Unidentified duck sp. – 14
Common Loon – 13
Horned Grebe – 2
Double-Crested Cormorant – 48
Great Blue Heron – 4
Bonaparte’s Gull – 3

Others:
Turkey Vulture – 1
Osprey – 2
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Bald Eagle – 7
Broad-winged Hawk – 1
Red-tailed Hawk – 1
Sandhill Crane – 3
Merlin – 1

Owl Banding, April 26/27

We were unable to open nets Sunday and Monday night due to rain and strong winds.  We were able to operate last night, but we did not catch any owls.  There was a constant wind of about 10 mph coming off of the lake.  It was clear and temperatures were in the 30’s.

There has been a lot of porcupine activity lately.  We spotted one right outside of our cabin or on the way to the nets almost every hour.  It is fun to see them, but we definitely don’t want to find one in our nets!

Tonight’s forecast looks similar to last night, but hopefully we will have better luck.

 

Waterbird Count, April 26

Strong winds in the morning subsided into a nice and calm afternoon. Numbers continue to be about the same. Most notable sighting was a pair of Horned Grebes doing a partial courtship dance.

Canada Goose – 1
Gadwall – 2
Mallard – 3
Redhead – 177
Greater Scaup – 1
White-winged Scoter – 18
Long-tailed Duck – 161
Bufflehead – 2
Common Goldeneye – 9
Common Merganser – 20
Red-breasted Merganser – 90
Unidentified duck sp. – 10
Common Loon – 21
Unidentified loon sp. – 2
Horned Grebe – 8
Red-necked Grebe – 2
Double-Crested Cormorant – 19
Great Blue Heron – 2
Bonaparte’s Gull – 7

Others:
Turkey Vulture – 8
Osprey – 1
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 2
Bald Eagle – 12
Broad-winged Hawk – 1
Red-tailed Hawk – 1
Sandhill Crane – 5
Merlin – 1

Waterbird Count, April 25

It rained until around 11:00am today but visibility was mostly good. The wind wasn’t too bad, surprisingly. There were occasional strong gusts but in between it was pretty calm. My only sighting of note was all three expected grebe species. But the best sighting of the day occurred at the hawk watch where Kevin found two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Canada Goose – 1
Wood Duck – 4
Mallard – 2
Redhead – 25
Greater Scaup – 1
White-winged Scoter – 22
Long-tailed Duck – 211
Bufflehead – 2
Common Goldeneye – 7
Common Merganser – 12
Red-breasted Merganser – 81
Unidentified duck sp. – 2
Common Loon – 17
Pied-billed Grebe – 1
Horned Grebe – 5
Red-necked Grebe – 1
Double-Crested Cormorant – 23
Bonaparte’s Gull – 18

Others:
Osprey – 2
Northern Harrier – 1
Bald Eagle – 1

Waterbird Count, April 24

More of the same today. Had a little bit of rain in the afternoon but visibility was mostly unaffected. Tomorrow’s forecast of rain and strong wind looks pretty dismal.

Wood Duck – 2
Mallard – 8
Redhead – 1
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 3
Unidentified Aythya sp. – 3
White-winged Scoter – 29
Long-tailed Duck – 243
Common Goldeneye – 8
Common Merganser – 17
Red-breasted Merganser – 103
Unidentified duck sp. – 4
Common Loon – 13
Horned Grebe – 3
Double-Crested Cormorant – 79
Great Blue Heron – 1

Others:
Turkey Vulture – 7
Osprey – 2
Northern Harrier – 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 2
Bald Eagle – 6
Red-tailed Hawk – 1

Owl Banding, April 23/24

We banded one third year, female saw-whet last night. She flew in to out nets around 3 am and then again just before sunrise. A woodcock was caught close to sunrise as well.

Other wildlife sightings included a porcupine chewing on our outhouse in the middle of the night, and White-throated Sparrow singing in the morning.

Rain is in the forecast for the next couple of nights.