Banding Delayed this Week Due to Rain but Columbus Day Open to Public

Hatch year male Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Blake Goll.  I think he's just as frustrated as we are about the rain!
Hatch year male Downy Woodpecker. Photo by Blake Goll. I think he’s just as frustrated as we are about the rain!

We have not been able to band at all this week because of the rain every morning.  Monday was a fallout day with record numbers of migrants everywhere, but we were short banders and volunteers to safely operate.  The weather forecast is calling for 40% chance of rain tomorrow morning as well.  We plan to band tomorrow (Thursday), but if you see that it’s raining at all, don’t plan on coming.  We will have to close because it’s too dangerous for birds to be stuck in a wet net, not to mention miserable for banders trying to extract them! If it’s clear, come on out.

Redstart in the net.
Redstart in the net.

We will add Monday October 8, Columbus Day, to our public banding days since many people have off (and we need to add more banding days to meet our quota after this week).  Pray that the weather cooperates!

~Blake

Young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  Photo by Blake Goll.
Young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Photo by Blake Goll.

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