*You're singing that song now, aren't you?
As songbird nesting season comes to a close, so do the nets at Les' M.A.P.S. banding station.
It's hard to believe, but I shivered through most of the morning. The day started humid and warm, but a cold front quickly put an end to that.
Banding is fun to watch, but for the bander, it's time to work and concentrate.
I have to wonder if my constant babbling got on his nerves.
Some highlights from the day:
This hummingbird wasn't banded. Just ooh'ed and ahh'ed over and then released.
I stared and stared at this "screech owl" for 5 minutes before I realized it was a tree stump.
Well, you can't blame me! The goofy thing even has ear tufts!!
There's always more than birds in the forest...like this coral fungus:
A huge colony of this was overtaking a fallen tree. It was beautiful and delicate...
...like skeletal fingers clawing through the loam underfoot.
Adult Blue Jay:
And for all their bravado at your feeders, they are remarkably docile in the hand.
I could look at the back of a Blue Jay all day.
Hatch year Eastern Towhee:
Kathi did a Bird ID quiz on her blog, and that's how I knew what it was. I felt very smart.
Look at the different parts...a "sparrowish" head and chest, with contrasting black and white wings.
Eastern Wood Peewee:
ID tip to tell Peewees from other flycatchers...Peewees have a "blank" face, i.e. no eye ring.
I could look at the back of a Red-eyed Vireo all day. Rich olive green, like moss in a primeval forest...with hints of a reddish wash. Just a hint.
So we say goodbye to the birds of Miami-Whitewater Forest until next Spring.
Laura? Laurrrrraaaaa???? Blueish-green nail polish! Are you FREAKIN'??