Tuesday August 25, 2015:  10 new birds of 5 species; 9 recaps.  There was a five-way tie for bird of the day.  Traill’s Flycatcher, Black-capped Chickadee, Gray Catbird, Northern Waterthush and Common Yellowthroat all clocked in at two birds each.  Today, we had two students join us.  Julia took the Bander Training Class last spring, and will be coming out to volunteer each Tuesday.  She processed all the birds, and her measurements were spot on.  She learned how to skull birds (since that’s the most reliable way to age them in the fall), and did very well.  Our other student comes to us from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  Joe will be taking an independent study course, part of which involves banding at our station and taking the bander’s training course.  He learned some basic bird handling skills this morning, and then started net-picking.  It’s hard to learn when there are so few birds, but I guess we don’t get to tell the birds when to migrate!