Sunday October 12, 2014:  356 new birds of 20 species, 18 recaps.  New species:  Sharp-shinned Hawk and Fox Sparrow.  Bird of the day was Ruby-crowned Kinglet with 111 new bands.  There was a tie for second place:  White-throated Sparrow and Golden-crowned Kinglet with 71 new bands each.  Hermit Thrush came in third with 44 new bands, and Brown Creeper was next with 23 bands.  We banded a single Black-capped Chickadee (the advance scout, perhaps?).

Almost all the birds from the first net-check.

Almost all the birds from the first net-check.

We could tell it was going to be a birdy day – the radar was good, and there were dozens of birds flitting around as we opened the nets.  We were awash in birds from the first net check, and things never let up.  Even as we closed, there were birds flying from tree to tree, scratching along all the paths, and perching on goldenrod in the field.

Putting the day in context:  Since July 20, we have banded 3451 birds.  10% of the birds banded this season were banded today, and 15% were banded this weekend.  Saturday had broken the record for the most birds banded this season with 176; today’s total more than doubled that number.

Jenna processes the last bird of the day - a White-throated Sparrow.

Jenna processes the last bird of the day – a White-throated Sparrow.

We were lucky to have a fantastic crew.  Erin, Barb, Jenna and Andrea picked and processed most of the birds – sitting only rarely to eat a quick yogurt or a handful of goldfish crackers.  Three students from Canisius College pitched in to roll bags, hang clothespins, and scribe.  Thanks to all for a fantastic day!

Katie releases the first Sharp-shinned Hawk of the season.

Katie releases the first Sharp-shinned Hawk of the season.