Friday September 5, 2014: 22 new birds of 11 species, 3 recaps.  No news species; bird of the day is Gray Catbird with 6 new bands.  19 species detected onsite.

We were catching birds in ones and twos for most of the morning, until a flurry of activity (i.e. five birds in the 90-aerial net) made us joke that there was a fallout.  It was short-lived, however!  Pat and Rick did most of the banding, Mark and Jim were our excellent scribes, and Alice and Marilyn were our net-pickers and all-around-do’ers-of-all things, as they marked stumps in the path, fixed aerial pulley-lines, and prepared bags of pennies (to demonstrate how much birds weigh) for an educational display.  John Lehr stopped by to refresh our supply of orange juice cans (thanks John!), and Bob and Susan Spahn stopped by to lament the lack of birds at Yanty Creek.

The MARS trailer arrived today, and we are optimistic it will soon be operational.

The Mobile Avian Recording Studio (MARS) trailer.  Dr. Sara Morris from Canisius College uses this trailer to see how different warbler species respond to flight calls.

The Mobile Avian Recording Studio (MARS) trailer. Dr. Sara Morris from Canisius College uses this trailer to see how different warbler species respond to flight calls.