Thursday, October 6 49 new bandings of 18 species; 36 retraps. Species with the most bandings (11) was White-throated Sparrow.
We had no huge numbers of birds on any net-run, but it was an interesting and steady day of banding. The morning began when I discovered someone had left two bags of trash outside the door to the banding lab, and raccoons had opened each bag and scattered garbage and trash all over the area. Thank you to Jim Saller who volunteered to clean up the mess!
Most of the day we had two tables going … I was able to make up for some of the days I had missed earlier in the season … banding steadily under the watchful and helpful eye of Tom Verhulst. Jeannie Verhulst spent most of the day entering data.
There continue to be a few warblers banded and then tested in the MARS trailer by Elliot, and we continued to note very plump Blackpolls as they put on fat for their journey to the coast and then to South America.
Dan Nivens dropped by and he and Barb French and I had a conversation about the large female Sharp-shinned Hawk I took out of a net yesterday . I had called it a Cooper’s Hawk but I was finally convinced that it was ‘just’ a Sharpie … with a wing-chord just a few milometers shy of the smallest wing-chord on a Cooper’s Hawk. Man … that was a handsome handful of a bird!
Carol Southby arrived just as we were closing and we had our semi-annual, delicious picnic lunch!
Betsy Brooks, BIC