My last couple days of banding yielded no additional Swainson’s Thrushes so my final count for the season is 8. Captures were dominated by Gray Catbirds and Wood Thrushes and I was able to show off a few birds and explain banding to several visitors to the site. The lovely Charlotte came down to help me on my last day and she did a wonderful job assisting me in taking down all my nets, poles, rebar, guy lines, etc etc and carrying everything out to the truck.
I am currently busy preparing for and getting all the banding data entered and once I do, I will report my final and official tally for the season. All in all though, I had a good (but sometimes frustrating) time and appreciate all the assistance I received throughout the season. Matt Capps from the Dauphin Island Beach Board was extremely helpful with logistics. Being able to rent a dorm room at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab was wonderfully convenient since I could walk to “work” each morning. Andrew H., a local birder, came by many times to chat birds and was generally helpful in terms of where I could expect to find thrushes. And of course my assistants and transportation, Laura L., Jennifer M., Charlotte P., and Cybil H. Thanks everyone!