Hello there! Welcome to the strangest day I have ever experienced on Appledore Island! The remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine gave us utter amazements. I don’t ever remember a whole day of strong NE winds with absolutely clear skies. The surf was terrific!! We caught 1 retrap at about 11:00, the next retrap after supper and the final 2 birds came in for closing – way too close to dark. This is no way to teach a class in how to handle birds!! I think this is the smallest number of birds ever on Appledore when all the regular nets ran all day. The 2 highlights of observed birds were Andy’s Red-breasted Merganser in Broad Cove, and the Pectoral Sandpiper in Crystal Lake. Andy & Jan gritted their teeth, and exercised their bums doing fall data entry – BLESS THEM!! The DTD people are being wonderfully resilient. But, please remind the gods that we do not like having to learn still more patience!!! David, Andy, Jan, Betsy, Kathy, & Susan
Banding list for September 5, 2016
**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).