Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 3015:  David Bonter and his students from Cornell University took over the station today, as we simultaneously hosted visitors Cornell’s Spring Field Ornithology class.  Over the course of the weekend, a half-dozen students did most of the net-picking and banding, and 68 guests filtered through the lab – getting the chance to see up close the birds they’ve been spying in the field for the last several weeks.

On Saturday, we started the day with high hopes.  The winds were fine, the radar looked good . . . and the birds did not oblige.  We ended the day with 35 new birds of 13 species, and 6 recaps. Gray Catbird was new for the season, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet was bird of the day with 9 new bands followed by White-throated Sparrow with 5 new bands.  The surprise third place bird was the Brown Thrasher, with 4 new bands.

On Sunday, we banded 110 new birds of 27 species, with only 3 recaps.  New birds for the season were Sharp-shinned Hawk, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Chipping Sparrow.  This was the kind of day we’ve been waiting for!  Lots of birds, lots of diversity, and lots of people to learn about and enjoy the spectacle of spring migration.