The answer: about half a dozen over the course of 5 hours. Our goal was to take two “goosed” mist nets (meaning that they have holes in them from being tangled by geese at the Ponds) and convert them into modified nets – one low, long net with only two tiers (mist nets usually have four) and one very short but very tall net with eight tiers. (Mist nets, for those who don’t know, a very thin nets used to catch birds for banding or other types of research. They’re very hard to see, which is why birds sometimes fly into them, and they don’t hurt the birds).
Mo Verhoeven from the swallow crew showed us how to carefully snip the damaged parts away and thread new lines through the easily-tangled, thin black netting. It was a painstaking process (the idea of burning uncooperative mist nets came up more than once) but in the end we came out with two decent modified nets, which will hopefully assist in catching pittas and Bornean Bristleheads.