Daily report – Saturday, 8/20

The number of visitors to the station was both typical and atypical today: we had a fairly typical (for fall) number of bird visitors, and an atypical number of human visitors.

Three boatloads of SML 50th Anniversary celebrants (a total of around 110 people) arrived on the island in the morning, starting with the Gulf Challenger at around 9:00 and followed fairly shortly by the Heiser and the Kingsbury. Visitors trickled through the banding station throughout the day, around 35 or 40 total. Those who came earlier in the day were able to see some birds extracted and processed, but banding activity came to a complete halt shortly after lunch, with only two recaps in the nets after about 1:30. However, the afternoon stayed lively thanks to the 50th Anniversary activities and visiting with many island alums, including John and Louise Kingsbury, Jim Morin, Art Borror, Al Hansen, Rocket Getchell, Peter Randall, Lee Pollock, Jackie Webb, Patty McGill and others.

Anniversary celebration highlights included lots of outdoor programs, SML Director’s coffee, silent and live auctions, and a lobster dinner. We were also entertained at various points by flyovers from the drone that was photographing the events.

Despite the slow afternoon, the numbers picked up a bit from recent days, with a total of 23 birds banded.

Cheers from Appledore,
David, Peg, Kiah, and Liz

Gulf Challenger disbursing visitors
Gulf Challenger disbursing visitors
JM Kingsbury disbursing more visitors (perhaps including JM Kingsbury)
JM Kingsbury disbursing more visitors (perhaps including JM Kingsbury)
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Learning to release a bird
Learning to release a bird
Up close and personal with a Downy Woodpecker
Up close and personal with a Downy Woodpecker
Keeping cool
Keeping cool
Auction item (lobster trap/rocking chair)
Auction item (lobster trap/rocking chair)
Monarch caterpillar on milkweed leaf
Monarch caterpillar on milkweed leaf
Frequent station visitor
Frequent station visitor 2EP

Banding list for August 20, 2016

Species Code Number
Downy Woodpecker DOWO 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch RBNU 3
Gray Catbird GRCA 4
Cedar Waxwing CEDW 1
Northern Waterthrush NOWA 2
Common Yellowthroat COYE 2
American Redstart AMRE 3
Yellow Warbler YEWA 5
Canada Warbler CAWA 1
Baltimore Oriole BAOR 1
Total banded: 23
Previously banded**Number
Retraps4

**Previously banded birds may include retraps (banded earlier in the current season), returns (banded in a previous season), or foreign recoveries (banded at a different banding station).