Hello again! You can infer from message timing that today is not yesterday – or the day before that – or the day before that! So, Saturday was almost “summer on Appledore” again – mostly sunny, warm, and really comfortable to work in. Once again, the birds flew – in handleable numbers. 3 species, Blue Jay, Gray-cheeked and Hermit Thrushes were new for the season. A Catbird and a Yellowthroat from last September reappeared. But the bird of the day was the SY Gray Catbird that was banded on 4 Sept. 2015 as a HY-U at Braddock Bay, the bird observatory just west of Rochester, NY. David Bonter has their data base with him and confirmed the original data although the Banding Lab website has some sort of glitch in it that prevented our sending the corroborating pictures. We took pictures of band to show all numbers and bird with embedded date. D. Bonter also reported our 2 banded Red-breasted Nuthatches going up and down the walls of the tower foraging on the lichens growing there.
Once again, Andy, Bill, David, Martha, Peggy, and Sally along with our favorite aliens, Hannah and Katherine send you glorious Island warmth.