Monday May 12, 2014:  330 new birds of 39 species, 19 recaps.  8 new species:  Golden-winged Warbler, Brewster’s Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula, Bay-breasted Warbler, Canada Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and Warbling Vireo.  Bird of the day was Yellow Warbler with 51 new bands, followed closely by Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warbler with 49 new bands.

Wow!  What a glorious day to start the week!  We started the morning by orienting our Bander Training Class students to the station and to our basic protocol.  We opened the nets at approximately 5:35, and – although we were well prepared for what happened next – I don’t think any of us really expected it!  We were awash in birds almost all morning.  The students followed the net-pickers around for two runs before trying their own hand at it, and I would estimate that nearly half of the day’s birds were extracted by our seven students.  A few had prior experience, but most did not.  Nevertheless, they jumped in with appropriate levels of enthusiasm and caution – removing the birds when possible, and asking for help when things got tricky.  The regular staff (Marian, Peggy, Ryan, Maggie, Rick, Terry, and Gary) did most of the banding and the rest of the net-picking, and we were aided by our most excellent scribes (Jane and Shirley).

Unfortunately, I’m afraid we’ve set the bar too high for the rest of the class!  This may turn out to be the best day all season, but I’m sure there will be many more good days to come.