It was raining hard on arrival but pretty well stopped shortly thereafter and, for about an hour and a half, we had just a light drizzle. We opened only nets 1 & 2 - the feeder nets - so that we could close quickly if necessary and so that birds were extracted quickly. We closed at 0730 when the rain returned and remained steady (and the temperature dropped a degree).
There were certainly birds around to be had, especially along the net 10 - 6 "corridor". As it was we banded 14 and retrapped 4.
Banded: 1 BRCR, 1 HETH, 3 CHSP, 6 WTSP, 1 SCJU, 1 PUFI, 1 AMGO.
Retrapped: 1 BCCH, 1 RCKI, 1 SCJU, 1 BHCO.
We currently sit at 448 birds banded this Spring season (starting April 1st). This makes this the second-best April we've had. We banded 428 birds in April '03 & '05 but we're quite a way behind the record April of '99 when we banded 597.
The over night rain persisted into the early morning. Radar indicated the storm was moving east at good clip so I caught up on some shut eye. By 9:15 the western edge of the storm was clearing the base of Long Pt. so I headed for the park and a late start. The day was a mixed bag with the sun trying to break through and the occasional passing shower. Despite these off and on conditions we managed to have a fairly decent banding day.
Banded: MODO 1, RCKI 12, HETH 2, AMRO 6, MYWA 2, SOSP 1, WTSP 7, RWBL 2, BHCO 2, AMGO 1 = 36
PIWA and a BAWW were vocal this morning.
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