This year we have our largest group of teens ever, 12 in total. With 4 staff members onsite, we have a total of 16 people in the field. Luckily, we have the campground entirely to ourselves.
Many of the teens are members of BirdWatch, Seattle Audubon’s excellent teen program, but others have come just for the banding, one from as far as New Jersey! Our two student TAs went up with the Advance Team, but the remaining 10 headed up with Carly, the Camp Manager and BirdWatch Coordinator, and Dan, our lead trainer, on Monday morning.
We also banded two more Yellow-rumped Warblers (Audubon’s), and some Cassin’s Finches. The Cassin’s Finches were likely adults (after hatch year) as they were starting their flight feather molt, but were not yet molting body feathers.
At dusk on Monday evening, Common Nighthawks were flying over the lake, a full moon was rising, and coyotes were howling in the distance.