June 30, 2012.  23 total birds, of 11 species, 9 recaps, 28 observed.  Four volunteers came out for an increasingly windy day.  Without the Pattersons, I feel the “birds observed” list was lacking, but we did our very best.  Everyone was vying to get another chance at the woodcock of last weekend, but unfortunately it remained elusive.  Highlights of the day included a female Marsh Wren caught on the swamp trail, and a female AHY Ruby-throated Hummingbird, pulled out of the arial net by David.  There was also an interesting instance with a Common Grackle, pulled out of the net with its dead frog of a lunch dangling below it in the net; the frog was a pain to get out I assure you, due to the way their skin sticks to the netting.

Also, after hearing several Blue Jays during the morning, we were hopeful at catching one.  We finally captured one, but it escaped before it could be processed.  I will not name names.  Maybe next time.  Samantha Gonzales

Adult female Marsh Wren captured on the marsh trail Photo by Samantha Gonzales

Adult female Marsh Wren captured on the marsh trail
Photo by Samantha Gonzales