Saturday September 21, 2013.  15 new birds, 4 recaps.  Bird of the day was Blackpoll Warbler with 5 new bands.  Despite the rather ominous forecast, we decided to open at dawn and band as long as we could (which ended up being not very long).  We were closed by hour 1.5, opened a handful of nets for 30 minutes at hour 2.5, and then closed them for good at hour 3.  Despite the rather limited banding time, however, we nearly managed to top yesterday’s bird total!   Our trusty staff was joined by a Vertebrate Biology class of about 30 students from SUNY Geneseo.  They got to see three birds in the hand as well as a presentation on the challenges of migration before we declared the rest of the day a washout.

The big question is . . . what will tomorrow bring?  If you were checking the radar last night, you noticed that the midwest (behind the weather front) was absolutely lit up with birds.  We have six students beginning their Bander Training Class tomorrow . . . and it could be a really good day!