VCE launched its 29th field season on Mt. Mansfield this past Thursday-Friday. Things are different this year, as the toll road is closed and all buildings off-limits, but we managed to get up there with our gear (thanks to a mechanized boost), and we slept under the stars in the upper parking lot. Unlike our first couple of banding sessions a year ago, weather cooperated, and the birds followed suit. We ended up with 60 captures in our 19 nets (we usually run 25), which kept Noel Dodge and me plenty busy. Most noteworthy may have been our all-time single-visit record of 6 banded Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, not a single one of which we ever heard vocalize.
Three of us are headed up again tomorrow afternoon. It's especially crucial that we time our weekly visits to coincide with favorable weather this season, since we lack any shelter up there--for us or the birds--without vehicles or buildings!
More later in the week. Chris
Chris Rimmer Vermont Center for Ecostudies PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055 802.649.1431 x202 http://vtecostudies.org/