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Monday October 16, 2017:  281 new birds of 14 species, 28 recaps.  Bird of the day was Ruby-crowned Kinglet with 156 new bands.

Yes . . . you read that right.  156.  Our busiest day so far this fall (until today) saw 153 new birds banded, and this morning the RCKIs topped that number.  Last fall we banded 327 RCKI,  and the highest total (48) came on October 10.  We can’t really draw population-level demographic conclusions based on these numbers – they are surely attributable to the passage of a cold front followed by NW winds overnight which succeeded many days of SW winds.  The birds must have been waiting for their chance, and last night (after our microburst passed through) they took advantage of it.

Our distant second-place bird today was Golden-crowned Kinglet, with 52 new bands.  Not nearly as impressive as the RCKI numbers, but note that they still outdid 90% of our daily banding totals so far this fall.

September 22, 2017 We banded 45 new birds of 15 species and there were ten recaps. Our bird of the day was Winter Wren! We banded ten of them. We also banded a Marsh Wren, which is always fun to see up close and personal. But the most amazing thing we saw today was not birds, but butterflies! The wild Asters in our fields are in full bloom and there were hundreds of Painted Lady butterflies everywhere. Monarchs were present also, but in smaller numbers. Cindy Marino, BIC

Comments Off on September 22, 2017 We banded 45 new birds of 15 species and there were ten recaps. Our bird of the day was Winter Wren! We banded ten of them. We also banded a Marsh Wren, which is always fun to see up close and personal. But the most amazing thing we saw today was not birds, but butterflies! The wild Asters in our fields are in full bloom and there were hundreds of Painted Lady butterflies everywhere. Monarchs were present also, but in smaller numbers. Cindy Marino, BIC

September 21, 2017 63 new bands of 19 species. Brown Creeper was a new species for Fall 2017. Bird of the day was Ruby-crowned Kinglet with 16 banded.

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Wayne Central Schools Learns About Poo (and Birds too!)

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Wednesday, September 21, 2017. It was a “thrushy” day. Slow but enough to keep us entertained. What was more entertaining was watching a research student teach a class of seniors from Wayne Central Schools about her projects, including getting a bit of “poo” from a bird. We had bird runs with birds for them and Cindy explained the banding. We had a total of 33 new birds and 13 recaptures. Peggy Keller

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September 19, 2017 25 new, 13 retraps, 10 species. Ryan, Andrea, and Gayle put the Alphabet nets up, since it was a slow day. But the highlight of the day was our 3rd Connecticut Warbler of the season! Bird of the day was Blackpoll Warbler. Ryan Kayhart

Comments Off on September 19, 2017 25 new, 13 retraps, 10 species. Ryan, Andrea, and Gayle put the Alphabet nets up, since it was a slow day. But the highlight of the day was our 3rd Connecticut Warbler of the season! Bird of the day was Blackpoll Warbler. Ryan Kayhart

Wednesday, September 13, 2017. There are enough birds to keep us pretty happy with good weather. Was great to have Betsy and Ryan back to work with our Wednesday crew. The net runners and pickers brought back a total of 52 new birds and 13 recapture birds. Swainson’s Thrush had the winning total of 18 birds. The big excitement of the morning was a Connecticut warbler. Thanks for all the help to my pickers and scribes. A few poses of a great bird.

Comments Off on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. There are enough birds to keep us pretty happy with good weather. Was great to have Betsy and Ryan back to work with our Wednesday crew. The net runners and pickers brought back a total of 52 new birds and 13 recapture birds. Swainson’s Thrush had the winning total of 18 birds. The big excitement of the morning was a Connecticut warbler. Thanks for all the help to my pickers and scribes. A few poses of a great bird.

Tuesday September 12, 2017 48 new, 19 retraps of 13 species. Bird of the day was Magnolia Warbler with 10 banded. Ryan banded 2 hummers today which puts our total to four for the season.

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