Happy greetings! We awoke to clouds, fog, and an occasional rain spit but decided to open anyway thinking we would catch nothing because while the winds were nice, the lower atmosphere was not. On the first round we caught flycatchers! By the end of second round, the raindrops while still small were becoming more frequent and the birds were using the bags for towels. We closed. The forecast all day rain was completely gone by just after 11:00 so we opened and had a very unusual day. We had 7 new warblers and 8 warbler retraps – NO COYE’S! 31 flycatchers and 30 Red-eyed Vireos provided bulk to the list. The most amazing event is pictured. We’ve only had both cuckoos during a season in spring once since we started banding in spring in 1982. To have both in the same round is simply incredible!! I can’t remember that ever in the fall! The singing Alder Flycatchers, drake Shoveler, and flock of 14 Semipalmated Plovers were the observation highlights.
Katherine (our aide from MARS) closed the trailer and left us. So Bill, David, Lauren, and Sally are sending you a larger than usual dose of Appledore wonder! See you on Island.