Our daily routine has finally settled in. We no longer have training/research seminars or drone flights to offset our week so we are getting in sync with our daily plots. Getting in a “rhythm” with our typical work day allows for better time management which makes the days in the field seem to fly by. Video footage is also beginning to pile up and that means we have more work to do once we get back to the house, yay! Our returning veterans, John and Sam have been keeping up with uploading the videos to the server and updating the database with the weekly nest check information. As for the newcomers Jaylin, Allicyn, and Mason, they have just begun to watch the footage for nesting behaviors and predation events. They will continue to watch the video footage that is to come for the next few months.
The camera footage we will be gathering will be from blue-winged teal and mallard nests that we find, so any footage that is released will be one of those two species. As we are nest searching however, we find and mark almost every upland nesting bird that we come across, as long as it is on our permit. This includes other waterfowl species such as the northern pintail, northern shoveler, gadwall, and american wigeon. It also includes some shorebirds like the willet and the marbled godwit. For almost every nest that we find, we fill out a nest card like the one pictured above. Although we can monitor many upland nesting species, there are a few species that we are not allowed to monitor, but will still encounter. The most common of these species are the canada goose, upland sandpiper, and killdeer. These species are not on our research permit, so we are not allowed to monitor them.From here, we will be getting a lot more footage, and some more cool videos like the hen that flushed from the red-tailed hawk! To see that video, you can find it HERE!
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