Saturday October 11, 2014:  176 birds of 14 species; 28 recaps.  No new species.  After a run of two weeks, the White-throated Sparrow was dethroned as bird of the day, by the Ruby-crowned Kinglet with 66 new bands.  We finally had northwest winds overnight, which translated into a bunch of new birds for the day. This was our best day of the season so far, and although species diversity is definitely down, we all just appreciated the opportunity to do what we come to the station to do!

We had some lovely (human) visitors this morning as well.  A gentleman from Scotland stopped by with a local family, and a local grandmother brought her 10-year old granddaughter to see the birds.  She was pretty quick at identifying many of our birds, and really pitched in to help by rolling bags and hanging clothespins.

The chickadees have yet to make a major appearance, but we are all on tenterhooks.  Will this year be an irruption year?  Or will we be disappointed?  Only time will tell!

A hatch year White-crowned Sparrow.

A hatch year White-crowned Sparrow.