Wednesday October 21, 2015.  31 new bandings of 10 species; 15 recaps.  New species: Rusty Blackbird.

There were just enough of us to get the nets open and go for four hours before the rain came in.  We were thinking the day would be slow and uneventful but on the third net check there was excitement near net 40.  We saw a flock of big birds in the trees next to the net and then in the net were more big birds.  Ten big birds made the net look full, but it was very manageable.  And very exciting because they were Rusty Blackbirds, a new species for the season!!

First Rusty Blackbird! Photo by Peggy Keller

First Rusty Blackbird!
Photo by Peggy Keller

Male and Female Rusty Blackbirds Photo by Kathy Habgood

Male and Female Rusty Blackbirds
Photo by Kathy Habgood

Rusty Blackbirds - Back View Photo by Kathy Habgood

Rusty Blackbirds – Back View
Photo by Kathy Habgood

We also banded 10 White-throated Sparrows.

Peggy Keller – BIC