128 new bands of 20 species; 62 recaps.  No new species.  BIrd of the day was Blackpoll Warbler, with 65 birds banded.  What a difference a few miles makes!  Bob Spahn stopped by this morning, to compare notes.  He had been birding out at the Lakewatch, and he reported decent numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers whereas we only banded 3 today and saw but a few.  He also reported seeing flocks of Blue Jays moving along the lake shore.  We saw a small flock at about 8:00, but we banded none and saw no others.

We kept the nets open an extra 3.5 hours this afternoon so that the RIT class could practice banding.  The pace was slow but steady, and the students had just about all the birds they could handle.  And they succeeded with flying colors!  Their measurements were spot on, they were good at identifying species, they kept up their net-picking . . . and Caroline even banded a Yellow-shafted Flicker.  Quite a handful for anyone, let alone a first-day bander!

We had an interesting moment this morning, when the construction workers who are replacing the siding on the garage reported that there was a raccoon trapped in the dumpster.  Everyone trooped out to look, and the poor thing was huddled among a lot of old windows and wood, about 6 or 7 feet from the top of the dumpster.  We opened the door on the side of the dumpster and shoed him out.  He waddled off towards net #1, and we haven’t seen him since.

Not sure how he got in . . . and we hope he doesn’t come back!