Thursday April 17, 2014:  9 new birds of 6 species, 10 recaps.  New species: Red-winged Blackbird.  It was chilly at dawn, so we cautiously opened just a few nets close to the station and checked them every 15 minutes.  About an hour later, it was warming noticeably so we opened the rest of the nets.   Alas . . . we could just have well kept them closed!  It was exceptionally slow today, and we all found ourselves looking for things to do.  Andrea cleaned, Pat worked on her photo album from Mexico, Sue oriented her two graduate students to the station, and Gayle and Doug did all the actual bird work.  The upside is that we had time to admire a handsome Fox Sparrow, as well as the older male Red-winged Blackbird pictured below.  The shrubs and trees are starting to leaf out, we saw three garter snakes as we closed the nets, and we all had lovely walks in the early spring sunshine that promised warmer days ahead.

After-second year male Red-winged Blackbird.  Photo by Jim Saller

After-second year male Red-winged Blackbird. Photo by Jim Saller