Saturday October 25, 2014:  106 new birds of 9 species; 12 recaps.  No new species.  Bird of the day was Pine Siskin with 72 new bands, followed by American Goldfinch with 10 new bands.  Black-capped Chickadee inches up to 9 new bands.

The first two runs of the day were fairly slow and ordinary, but during the 1.5 hour net check, Gayle called back to the station for reinforcements at the back aerials.  A flock of Pine Siskins and American Goldfinches (and one confused Chickadee) peppered net 70 and about five vertical feet of net 60.  Gayle and Jenna reported that the “leader” of the finch flock sat perched on top of the net, perhaps scolding his wayward followers . . . or perhaps trying to call more in to join the fun.  Once we had all the finches back inside the station (minus the leader, who was never caught), they were generally quiet as they waited their turns to be banded.  Every now and then, one bird would start chattering and others would join in.  We laughed that they were probably staging a mutiny, deposing their “leader”, and electing a new Supreme Siskin.  It must have worked, because they managed to stay out of our nets the rest of the day.  In fact, of the 118 birds we handled today, 70% of them  were caught on that net check, and 65% (of the 118) were caught in nets 60 and 70.  We were thankful that our skilled staff worked quickly, carefully, and without panic to make the day a thorough success!