The first Teen Bander Training Class has come to an end!  Collectively, the girls banded 71 new birds and processed 21 recaptures, including Blue-winged Warblers, American Redstarts, Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Traill’s Flycatchers, American Goldfinches, Black-capped Chickadees, Red-eyed Vireos, Warbling Vireos, Swamp Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Downy Woodpeckers, Tufted Titmice, Gray Catbirds, and American Robins.  They net-picked around 125 birds, scribed for each other, and learned the basics of aging and sexing birds (including how to use Peter Pyle’s identification guide!).  All eight girls show remarkable promise, and we suspect we’ll see several of them at our station this fall as volunteers.

Emily and I would like to thank Tom, Kathy, Cindy, Chita, Gayle, and Ann for helping us this week.  We could not have done this without you, and we are so grateful you gave up a morning or two (or three!) to nurture the next generation of banders.

Thanks to everyone!

By the way – we believe yesterday’s mystery warbler was a Cape May.  We were able to determine it was a hatch year (juvenile) bird based on a partly pneumatized skull.  While the yellow feet initially had us thinking Blackpoll, we ruled it out based on the weak wing bars and the strong streaking on the breast.  None of the other juvenile warblers looked quite right for this bird, and the hint of yellow going up the neck sold us on Cape May.  Careful reading of both Peter Pyle and the Peterson Warbler guide lent support to our ID.  It’s an unusual sighting in Rochester at this time of year, and it was great for the kids to see that even the grown-ups have to think carefully, consult reference books, and ask each other for help.