On Sunday a large and excited group (17!) of boys joined us for a bird walk and banding! Our intention was to keep track of our birds so we could submit the list to Cornell, but we were so involved in checking nets and banding the birds we caught, we lost track of our count! It was a day of Robins for sure, with both adults and young of this year caught and banded. The robins here are working on their second broods so I’m sure there will be another flurry of youngsters in a few weeks. The birds we banded included finches, robins, blue jays, a tufted titmouse and nuthatches, and some were ones we caught and banded last week. The highlight was a hermit thrush caught behind Osprey Lodge. It too was this year’s young with its speckled head giving away its age. The boys did a great job checking the Peterson guide to figure out what kind of bird it was, and then which Thrush. There will be another bird walk on Wednesday, but without the banding. We’ll take a walk deeper into the woods this time, away from the most common birds of campus. Hopefully we’ll hear and see some of the woodland warblers and more thrushes. That list will be submitted to Cornell. Today’s bird of the day is the Winter Wren, and our challenge tomorrow will be to find that beautiful song in the woods. If you have a chance, go to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (allaboutbirds.org) and search for Winter wren. See if you can hold your breath as long as this little wren sings its song! At 8-12 grams it’s hard to imagine such a small bird can have such a big voice!