Friday, May 2, 2015.  50 new bands of 17 species; 4 retraps.  New species Nashville Warbler and Black-throated Green Warbler.  We put up just a few nets in very light sprinkles at dawn but eventually the skies cleared and we were able to raise all 32 nets.  Bird of the day was White-throated Sparrow, with 10 banded.

ASY Male Black-throated Green Warbler Photo by Ryan Kayhart

ASY Male Black-throated Green Warbler
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

We had six warbler species including Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white, Nashville, Western Palm, Yellow-rumped and Black-throated Green Warblers.  Rick Shearman banded his first Sharp-shinned Hawk, a nice adult male.  Erin Bruce, a SUNY Geneseo student, successfully removed her first bird from the nets – a Hermit Thrush.

Former Field Assistant Charley Eiseman and his wife Julia spent the day with us, Charley banding and Julia demonstrating how to prepare a teaching specimen on a beautiful window-killed Blue Jay.

Charley Eiseman back at the banding table Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Charley Eiseman back at the banding table
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Alice watching Julia's skillful skin preparation Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Alice watching Julia’s skillful skin preparation
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Pat sorted our new T-shirt supply in the education room.  Earlier, a beautiful weasel was seen inside the room!

Allen continued spreading mulch on our very wet trails.   Ryan will be getting the lab all spruced up for the Cornell Spring Field Ornithology Class visit on the weekend.

Betsy Brooks