Tuesday May 26, 2015.  67 new bands of 25 species; 15 retraps.  New species Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

It was a slower day today, but an interesting one.  We had heard a Yellow-billed Cuckoo ‘singing’ in the early morning, and were delighted to capture it in the back aerial nets.

Bird of the day was American Redstart with 14 banded.  Katie had a fair number of birds to test in the MARS trailer and Greg was also able to get more samples for his research.

We had a delightful group of Chili Senior Citizens who joined us on every net-run.  We also had a visit from six students from Japan who were thrilled with seeing birds up close and the process of banding.

We enjoyed having 4-year old Quinn with us today (studying snails!) and also Iain and Ryley, who traveled all the way from Vermont to spend 2 days with us and with Dan Niven at the hawk blind.

Ryan worked on sprucing up the net lanes and all of us get ready for our annual picnic for volunteers and Memorial Garden service tomorrow.

Betsy Brooks and Ryan Kayhart – BIC