Sunday, September 15, 2013.  40 new birds of 15 species; 12 recaps.  The bird of the day was the Blackpoll Warbler with 10 new bands.  The Swainson’s Thrush was close behind with seven.  There was a nice variety of warblers and vireos including Tennessee Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Red-eyed Vireo, and Philadelphia Vireo.

The SUNY school of Environmental Science and Forestry’s newly resurrected birding club visited the station for a few hours during the late morning.  The 15 members learned about the banding process, accompanied volunteers on net runs, asked our volunteers lots of interesting questions, and helped us eat leftovers from yesterday’s breakfast.  They might be a new club, but they know their birds!  Claire Trombley ‘s parents came up for the weekend from Vermont to visit and help out at the banding station by scribing and net picking; our station doesn’t give out awards like they do at Dead Creek, but Henry and Becky definitely deserve a big thanks.  Meanwhile, 6-year old Colin learned to correctly identify warblers and thrushes.  Leanna Twohig