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
May 30, 2012
Spring Banding Comments Off on Picnic Time!
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
May 29, 2012
Spring Banding Comments Off on Nine Indigo Buntings!
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
May 28, 2012
Spring Banding Comments Off on Memorial Day Magnolias!
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
May 27, 2012
Spring Banding Comments Off on American Woodcock Banded!
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
May 27, 2012
Spring Banding Comments Off on A Dozen Each of Blackpoll and Wilson Warblers
May 26, 2012
Events Comments Off on Dedication of the Robert G. McKinney Banding Laboratory
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.