March Activities
After a successful effort at Twistflower Ranch in early March, there was some indication that spring migration could be a bit early for some species. We made brief efforts during the last two weeks of the month to check for migrant movement.  Our first efforts at the Hummer House resulted in mostly permanent  and winter residents that were present there for most of the winter season.  Notable birds from these efforts were a single Black-throated Sparrow and two White-eyed Vireos that were banded in previous years. It was the first Black-throated Sparrow netted in some time  at this location.  Our last effort of the month gave solid evidence that spring was fast approaching.  We banded Audubon's and Myrtle Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Orange-crowned Warblers, Cedar  Waxwings and an early migrating Louisiana Waterthrush.  Perhaps the most significant bird of the day was the recapture of an adult male Summer Tanager that was banded in the same location five seasons ago. During the middle of March, we traveled to Live Oak Ranch in Menard County where we banded mostly permanent and winter residents but saw more than a few migrating birds that we did not net.  The most notable bird of the day at Live Oak Ranch was a Canyon Wren.  With the month of March drawing to a close, we are ready to begin our Spring Migration Study in earnest.