We spent the entire afternoon and evening at the Heislerville shorebird impoundment mist-netting again today, and had a fairly big day catching about 115 birds in all. We started around 1:30 and before all of our nets were set up, even, the first birds were hitting the nets. A steady stream kept coming all day, mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers (SESA), but also a few each of Least Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, and Semipalmated Plovers. We also caught a Great-crested Flycatcher, a Barn Swallow, and a Red-winged Blackbird.
We flagged every SESA, and took blood from almost every one as well. We kept catching birds all the way up until dark, and then had to catch up on banding the last birds. Although SESAs often get "sleepy" in the hand (not a sign of stress as in songbirds), at night every SESA I flagged basically went right to sleep. God they're adorable. This one was sleeping long enough for me to whip out the iPhone for a quick picture.