Wednesday October 7, 2015.  78 new bandings of 15 species; 26 recaps.  Bird of the day was White-throated Sparrow with 39 banded.  The Bicknell’s Thrush banded on October 2 repeated again today.

The pesky mosquitoes were busy tormenting the net-pickers  again today.  Head nets were almost mandatory on the swamp and alphabet trails.  Allen was back spreading mulch on the trails, which makes the net-runs so much easier and safer.

It was good to have Jon Dombrowski back visiting for the morning.  Kathy H brought us apples from their orchard to share.  And it was so great to have Shirley Meston, with her adorable dog Lucy, back for a visit.

Shirley, Peggy and Lucy! Photo by Kathy Habgood

Shirley, Peggy and Lucy!
Photo by Kathy Habgood

After closing, about twenty people had lunch with the tigers of India.   Peggy Keller gave a wonderful program on the tigers, birds, and people of India.  The close-ups of the tigers were breath-taking!

One of Peggy's Tigers at the

One of Peggy’s Tigers at the “Tigers of India Lunch”
Photo by Kathy Habgood

Gayle and Ryan opened the owl nets at 7 PM and Ann and Allen, Kathy, Chelsea, and Ryan’s sister Kimmy came, hoping to see a Saw-whet Owl captured.  After 6 net checks with no owls, all but Gale, Chelsea and Ryan left but at 10:30 PM, a HY female Saw-whet Owl  was captured and banded.

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Gale’s First Saw-whet of the Fall!

HY F Northern Saw-whet Owl Photo by Ryan Kayhart

HY F Northern Saw-whet Owl
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Betsy Brooks

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