Monday April 28, 2014.  11 new bands of 9 species; 5 recaps.  No new species.  Bird of the day was a tie between Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Eastern Towhee with two banded of each.  It was GREAT to have Ryan back with us as Research Assistant and staff photographer!

The aerial nets were all frosty at dawn so we let them warm up a bit before opening them at hour 1.  We had a full crew with not much to do!

We did enjoy a visit from Dr. Kristi Hannam’s Animal Behavior class from SUNY Geneseo.  They were able to see a nice variety of birds banded included a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, a feisty Northern Cardinal, several Yellow-rumped Warblers and an Eastern Towhee.  Even a Common Grackle looked good to us today!

SY-F Common Grackle Photo by Ryan Kayhart

SY-F Common Grackle
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Lyn Jacobs continued to haul wheelbarrow loads of cut alder out to the road.  The change in the fields is amazing.

Marian Klik and Betsy Brooks