After Memorial Day weekend, we came back to discover several plant species that had blossomed on the property, including Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense), Mayapple (Podophyllum peltaturn) and Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum). On the bird side of things, we banded 277 new birds and processed an additional 69 recaptures this week. We banded our 1,000th new bird, which was a second-year male Magnolia Warbler. This brings our season totals up to 1,243 new birds banded and 712 recaptures. New species for the week included Cedar Waxwing, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Willow Flycatcher, bringing our season total up to 76 species.
While taking the South Shore Bird Club around the net lanes Tuesday morning, a Gray Treefrog was in one of the nets. Presumably, it fell into the net from one of the trees above. After a careful extraction, the frog was placed on a tree where it would be much happier. The South Shore Bird Club was also thrilled to see two Cedar Waxwings and a Swainson’s Thrush in the hand.
On Friday the Inly Montessori School visited. A large group of 1st and 2nd graders were shown Great-crested Flycatchers, Chestnut-sided and Magnolia Warblers. They also used their sharp eyes to find American Toads in the front lawn, followed up by an explanation of the life cycle of toads down by the bogs.