Mad Island Banding

April 4, 2012 by Bea Harrison

The Mad Island Banding Station has once again been dealing with extreme weather. High wind and a possible twister picked up our banding tent Monday morning put it in the bushes. The banding crew rebuilt it better than ever and moved to a slightly higher, dryer spot.

Despite the storms, we have begun to see a variety of migrants. So far this week we caught our first Nashville warblers and a chat. We also caught hooded warblers, and red-eyed vireos. We have also started participating in the migratory dragonfly partnership project focusing on green darners.

In the last two days we have seen more migratory barges along the adjacent Intracoastal Waterway than migratory birds.