Daily report — Tuesday, 8/23

Welcome to a happy message! The front on Monday morning left us with gorgeously clear skies – and enough wind all night that for us, it was a total waste. Next to no birds! But we did have excitements: The Catbird that we caught from Braddock Bay (west of Rochester, NY) in the spring reappeared with wing molt not quite finished. Apparently, it spent the summer!! Our first ever return Downy Woodpecker showed us one way that woodpeckers do wing molt. It was first caught in 3W0 on 16 Aug. 2015 and retrapped in 3E9. We guess it lived here for the year but our guess is that he was lonely. Then, we caught the cuckoo! All this was happening while we had a succession of visitors from the SeaShoals family class, and other visiting families. The Yellow Warbler with an unfamiliar band appeared for the second time this fall and turned out to be a bird David Bonter had banded on Island on 27 May 2016. Liz and Kiah took turns running Crystal Lake in the afternoon. Jeff Ott appeared in the afternoon : ) . And the season’s first Black-throated Green Warbler also appeared in the afternoon. And that’s more than enough text for one day. Jeff, Kiah, Liz, and David send you the pure beauty of a clear, warm, fall day on Appledore Island.

David Does Demo
David Does Demo
David Does Demo II
David Does Demo II
SeaShoaler learning to release a bird
SeaShoaler learning to release a bird
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Possible first record of a Downy Woodpecker 'Return' (banded in a previous season)
Possible first record of a Downy Woodpecker ‘Return’ (banded in a previous season)
Two days later: they grow up so fast!
Two days later: they grow up so fast!

Banding list for August 23, 2016

Species Code Number
Black-billed Cuckoo BBCU 1
Eastern Phoebe EAPH 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch RBNU 6
Gray Catbird GRCA 8
Northern Waterthrush NOWA 1
Black-throated Green Warbler BTNW 1
Total banded: 18
Previously banded**Number
Retraps5
Returns2
Foreign Recoveries1

**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).