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Migration Slow-down!

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Thursday May 31, 2012.  21 new bands of 15 species; 10 recaps.  The season is winding down.  Several of our captures today (including a female Blue-winged Warbler) showed either brood patches or cloacal protuberances indicating nesting was well underway.  The Blue-winged Warbler with black flecking on the tips of some of her crown feathers had us puzzled for awhile, but we finally realized the black was most likely pine sap or some other sticky substance picked up when she was foraging for food.   The most numerous species was Blackpoll Warbler, with just three banded.  Our total for the spring season reached 4490 today.   Our top five species are Magnolia Warbler (460 banded), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (437), Golden-crowned Kinglet (281), Gray Catbird (230), and American Redstart (205).  Activity continued on the remodeling of the research and education building.  Quinn Deutschlander spent the morning entertaining us, and we had visitors from Utah and Tennessee.  Andrea, Emily and Betsy did a net-by-net analysis of which nets needed mending.  Marian got her nets and poles ready for the upcoming MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) season, and Steve mowed the Rob van der Stricht trail.     Betsy Brooks

emale Blue-winged Warbler with Black Flecking on Her Crown.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Female Blue-winged Warbler with black flecking on her crown. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Picnic Time!

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Wednesday May 30, 2012.  40 new of 21 species; 10 recaps.   We had lots of variety today but fewer birds after the front moved through last night, bringing some relief to the hot, humid weather.  Birds of the day were Gray Catbird and Indigo Bunting, with six more of each species banded.  Visiting bander Blake Goll from Media, Pennsylvania joined us for a few days.  In the evening, we had a great crowd for the annual end-of-the season picnic.  Afterwards Monika Wood showed slides of her recent trip to Tanzania.    Betsy Brooks

Nine Indigo Buntings!

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Tuesday May 29, 2012.  80 new of 22 species; 10 recaps.  We had hot, muggy weather for banding, without any lake breeze.  We closed some nets in direct sun but managed to operate for our usual six hours.  Nine Indigo Buntings were a treat, as was a Black-billed Cuckoo.  Bird of the day was Traill’s Flycatcher with 23 banded.  Dr. Fred Beaudry, from Alfred University’s Environmental Studies Department, joined us for the  morning.  It was Kelly’s last day as BIC for the spring.   Doug cleared out more of the pipes and debris on the west side of the boathouse.     Betsy Brooks

Black-billed Cuckoo.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Black-billed Cuckoo. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Betsy, Kelly and Ruth.  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Betsy, Kelly and Ruth. Photo by Kathy Habgood

Memorial Day Magnolias!

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Monday May 28, 2012.  177 new of 30 species; 13 recaps. We had many visitors on this beautiful Memorial Day.   Bird of the day was Magnolia Warbler with 49 banded; second place went to Red-eyed Vireo (signaling the beginning of the end of the season!) with 23 banded.  Ember banded just two hummingbirds.  There was great variety today with 16 warbler species banded.  About 20 bright and interested 4-H kids came with parents to watch the banding process and see how we capture the birds in the mist nets.  A deer ran right through the middle of a $62 net, destroying it beyond repair.  In mid-morning, Dan Niven captured a Northern Harrier at the hawk blind, so we ‘held down the fort’ while a group went to see it.  Dave and Annmarie spent quite a bit of time on Sunday fine-tuning our older banding pliers.   Betsy Brooks

Beautiful Adult Male Magnolia Warbler.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Beautiful Adult Male Magnolia Warbler. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Red-eyed Vireo.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Red-eyed Vireo. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

4-H Children and Their Families Visit BBBO.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

4-H Children and Their Families Visit BBBO. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

4-H Children and Their Families Learning about Banding.  Photo by Kathy Habgood

4-H Children and Their Families Learning about Banding. Photo by Kathy Habgood

American Woodcock Banded!

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Saturday May 26,, 2012.  74 new birds of 24 species; 24 recaps.  New species American Woodcock.  American Redstart was bird of the day with 12 banded, with Wilson’s Warbler (10 bands), Indigo Bunting (6 bands), Mourning Warbler (5 bands), and Blackpoll Warbler (5 bands) filling out the top five spots.  Banding the ASY male American Woodcock was certainly a surprise highlight of the morning; we often hear them in the area, but rarely catch them.  Claire also banded her first bird today – an ASY Grey-cheeked Thrush.        Andrea Patterson

A Dozen Each of Blackpoll and Wilson Warblers

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Sunday May 27, 2012.  80 new birds of 25 species; 11 retraps.  Birds of the day were Blackpoll and Wilson’s Warbler with an even dozen of each.  We had lots of visitors and Colin, Delaney, Rowan, and Delaney’s friend ‘helped’ all morning.  We had 13 species of warblers.  Ryan Kayhart

Dedication of the Robert G. McKinney Banding Laboratory

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There was a large turnout for the Dedication of the refurbished Robert G. McKinney Banding Laboratory held on Sunday May 6 at BBBO.  Matt Belanger, President of the Board of Directors, welcomed the crowd of nearly 85 people, to start off the program.   Bob’s daughter,  Laurie Dirkx, had slides of her father which were running behind the podium.  Cindy Marino, Linda  Boutwell, and  Betsy Brooks spoke on behalf of the banders and friends of Bob.  Betsy read messages from John Gregoire, Gerry Rising, Jennifer Hanley, and others, and  Roger Cass and several other members of the audience spoke about their memories of Bob.  After the Dedication,  a wonderful supper prepared by Linda Boutwell, Kathy Habgood, Marilyn Guenther,Cindy Marino, Ann Nash, Andrea Patterson and Alice Van der Moere was enjoyed by everyone.      Betsy Brooks

Photos below by Laurie Dirkx and Kathy Habgood.

Program for the Dedication, designed by David Bonter

Robert G. McKinney Banding Laboratory plaque

Family members gather before the Dedication

Family members gather before the Dedication

Friends of Bob Arriving for the Dedication

Friends of Bob arriving for the Dedication

Matt Belanger, President of the BBBO Board of Directors, welcomes attendees

Family and friends of Bob

Friends and family of Bob

David and Wilma Sickels

Roger Cass of Genesee Land Trust Remembering Bob

Roger Cass of Genesee Land Trust remembering Bob

Wonderful Treats for the Supper!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wonderful treats for the supper!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David Bonter with Chita, Laurie and Laurie's Daughter Cassie Clement

David Bonter with Chita, Laurie and Laurie’s daughter Cassie Clement

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Laurie with Cassie and Wade

Bob’s Grandson Wade Braman with Jerry Farrell

Cheryl, Quinn and Mark Deutschlander

Cheryl, Quinn and Mark Deutschlander

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