Today started off with a sleep in until 7am! We were all thrilled to be able to wake up so late. We did nest checks at the Unit 4 site this morning, which was pretty fun and easy. We had done nest box checks for the site on Monday and found a nest of newly hatched bluebirds. Today we checked on them to see how they were doing. It was neat to see how much they have grown and stronger they have become. We practiced handling them as we are to handle the swallow chicks. We also found a swallow nest with two new eggs and learned how to label them.
The rest of the day was all learning data entry and protocols, with one exception. At two o'clock, "Wink" (David Winkler), who is the head of the Golo project and the ornithology professor at Cornell, gave us a private tour of the Lab's taxidermy collection, which is housed in huge collection cabinets. He said it's not as big as the ones at the American Museum of Natural History or the Smithsonian, but that it has a lot of variety and some rare specimens.
For an hour we would
Unit 4's boxes are on both sides of two very long country roads.
name a species we wanted to see and he would go to the correct area and pull out the drawer with the bird (if it was in the collection) and, if it wasn't too big, he would hold it up. I got to see some pretty cool birds up close.
Later we walked to a neat local organic store called Ludgate Farms. It didn't have a floor or proper roof and sold a lot of locally produced goods. One person bought unpasturized cheese. We bought chocolate covered sunflower seeds and apple cider. There was 11 pound dark chocolate bar selling for $50! There were also really neat bulk chocolates selling for $10 a pound!
In the evening we relaxed and watched Robin Hood: Men in Tights, but I was so tired I went to bed around 9:30.
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