The morning began damp and overcast and the birds were very quiet for several hours. Despite the slow start, we saw a steady increase in activity in our nets by the end of the banding day, and we finished with 23 newly-banded birds and 3 recaptures, and at least 12 species:
Western Wood-Pewee 1 Wilson's Warbler 10 (including 1 recapture) American Redstart 1 Nashville Warbler 1 (4th Chico banding record) House Wren 1 Orange-crowned Warbler 5 Gray Catbird 1 Canyon Towhee 1 Northern Mockingbird 1 Cordilleran/Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1 (Recapture) Warbling Vireo 1 (Recapture) Unidentified *Empidonax* Flycatcher (1 was likely a Least, the other possibly a Dusky or Gray)
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Robert Snowden Bander, Chico Basin Ranch Bird Conservancy of the Rockies