August 12th – Many Hands Make Light Work

Nola with the first “confusing Fall Warbler” of the season – Chestnut-sided Warbler. -CAJ

At a communal lunch today the subject of procrastination came up, whether it is more common in males than in females, whether it is a good thing or not, whether it allays any hasty actions, etc. Personally I’m all for it. As the old adage says: why do today what you can put off to tomorrow. In the past this has played out as a frenetic rush on August 31st to get the net lanes ready for opening day on September 1st. But this year was different. I knew that there were some young keeners in the wings itching to get going so, with this ace up my sleeve, I suggested that they come out this morning to band and….oh, by the way….. spruce up the net lanes. I may never procrastinate again! ALL the net lanes got cleared and are ready to go – more than 2 weeks ahead of time! To be fair though, the young keeners didn’t play that big a hand in it all but their mothers did and in the end what matters is that the job got done. And, oh, did I mention Faye, Ethan and Carol also took on an integral role? If I’d played my cards right I could have sat back and ate 3 different kinds of banana bread(!) while directing the operation. I’m evidently losing my touch.

In the midst of clearing net lanes – hot work! -ELO

And at the end of a hot, humid work day – a lovely repast. Life is good. -ELO

Anyone know the species? It was around net 10. -AT

Banded 10:
2 Traill’s Flycatchers
2 House Wrens

Chestnut-sided Warbler -ELO

1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroats

Young Indigo Bunting. -ELO

1 Indigo Bunting
2 Song Sparrows

ET’s: 48 spp.

For those of you that have been following the Northwest Passage Project that I was involved in here’s a Reuter’s news clip describing the retrieval of an acoustic buoy that we did:

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