Rain washed away what looked to be a great day at
Wekiva. One lone cloud shut us down just as things
looked very interesting. Right after we had every net
A cry of "Help" rang out as we were getting the last
nets up since the sites near the banding table were
suddenly filled with birds. I continued on to the last
set and as I was extracting a Common-yellow Throat I
heard a white noise from the trees near Sand Lake.
Two birds in bags, I rushed toward the table finding
many more birds in other nets. After getting one more
out I decided to unload and come back. The view was to
shut down as the rain increased. 20 bags were at the
station, ready for processing.
The order came to release them all and extract any
others for release and gather the nets.
Before 8 AM we could have had 50 birds and they were
still everywhere. So much for my first anniversary
Closed up and packed out, I decided to go back out for
some views. Birds still all over. Would have mead a
banner day for banding.
Most birds seen:
Grey Catbird finally back in droves
Redstarts all over the trees
Palm Warbler, often flying 2 feet at eye-level before
Blue-grey Gnat Catchers
Many, many more .
Shame to miss a great potential day.
However, we did find a Blackburnian Warlber,
Black-throated Blues and other warblers on the Apopka
monthly count Saturday. Our transect came in early but
I hear there was a Vermillion Flycatcher out there and
we found tons of Chimney Swifts, Egrets, Palms and a
Hope others had a great weekend.
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