Friday October 24, 2014:  84 new birds of 14 species, 15 recaps.  No new species.  Bird of the day is American Goldfinch, with 21 new bands.  It was another lovely fall day at the lake, although we could have done without the light breeze which filled our nets with leaves yet again.  Thankfully, our nets were also filled with birds – or at least they were after the disappointing first net check of the day when we only brought back three birds.  Thereafter, we were treated with flocks of goldfinches and Pine Siskins; a handful of juncos; and the typical late-fall mix of kinglets, White-throated Sparrows, and Hermit Thrushes.  A wandering Nashville Warbler was fun to see, as were a young Downy Woodpecker and two new cardinals.  Over the last two weeks, we have been banding Black-capped Chickadees at the rate of one or two a day . . . but today we banded five, prompting the question: are they building toward an irruption, or is this just coincidence?    (If you think we are obsessed with chickadees, you’re right!)