Mad Island Banding

April 22, 2012 by Bea Harrison


Friday nights rain storm brought the predicted north winds, but gusts were so high we could not open all of our nets on Saturday. None the less, we caught 55 birds.

We had two visitors from the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory in Lake Jackson, TX. Thank you Felipe and Sasa for helping us net & band all day.

We also participated in the Matagorda County Big Day Spring bird count, organized by the Bay City Nature Club.

Among the amazing birds caught Saturday were a chuck-wills-widow and a common nighthawk, both in the goatsucker family, but quite different from one another. We caught our first magnolia and Canada Warblers, too.

We are experiencing waves of different species—indigo buntings by the score and then catbirds and then today, common yellowthroats. Baltimore and orchard orioles and tanagers have mostly stopped showing up. Still catching painted buntings and a variety of warblers.

Common Nighthawk © Richard Stade