HY Eastern Phoebe Photo by Peggy Keller

HY Eastern Phoebe
Photo by Peggy Keller

Ryan, Peggy, Alice & Ann Taking a Moment Off From Banding and Net-picking

Ryan, Peggy, Alice & Ann
Taking a Moment Off From Banding and Net-picking

HY Wood Thrush Photo by Peggy Keller

HY Wood Thrush
Photo by Peggy Keller

Wednesday September 24, 2014.  87 new birds of 26 species; 18 recaps; new species Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  We had our highest daily total and also our greatest species diversity today (26), with 8 warbler species.

Birds of the day were White-throated Sparrow with 21 and Swainson’s Thrush with 15.

We had a morning visit from students of Dr. Kristi Hannam from SUNY Geneseo and an afternoon visit from students of Dr. Jim Fry from the University of Rochester.

The Bander Training Class students are all banding and processing birds now, and becoming more familiar with aging and sexing and the use of Pyle’s reference book.  It is the boys against the girls in a test to see which team chose the best spot and will catch the most birds.

Home-schoolers Aiden and Madeline helped all morning with returning clothespin markers to the nets, folding clean bird bags for us, and other important chores.

Betsy Brooks