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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

4000 and Counting!

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Friday May 25, 2012.  166 new of 31 species; 14 recaps.  New species Eastern Wood-Pewee.  We had continuing winds from the south quadrant and the radar was ‘hot’ last evening.  We  had four flycatcher species at once  – Least, Traill’s, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Eastern Wood-Pewee.  Birds of the day were Traill’s Flycatcher (21) and American Redstart (20).  Dave Alexander arrived from Duluth to spend 5 days with us, and Ember Jandebeur arrived to spend the long holiday weekend helping us band hummingbirds.  The BTC students took their final exam and headed home, but not before they promised to come back for a reunion this fall.  Sharon Skelly, one of the original group of banders who banded in the 1980’s at the banding station, came back for a visit and got to release her favorite warbler, a Canada Warbler.  Betsy Brooks

Spring 2012 Bander Training Class Graduates Alison Van Keuren (NY); Cece Fabro (NY), Lee Ann van Leer (NY), (Betsy), Hannah Smith (PA), Annmarie Geniusz (MN), Butch Tetzlaff (IL), Chris West (WI), George Farnsworth (OH), and Cathy Belair (NY).

Spring 2012 Bander Training Class Graduates Alison Van Keuren (NY); Cece Fabro (NY), Lee Ann van Leer (NY), Betsy, Hannah Smith (PA), Annmarie Geniusz (MN), Butch Tetzlaff (IL), Chris West (WI), George Farnsworth (OH), and Cathy Belair (NY).

Two Acadian Flycatchers in One Day!

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Thursday May 24, 2012.  156 new of 27 species; 19 recaps.  Bird of the day was Magnolia Warbler with 25 banded, but 20 Swainson’s Thrush was also very good, and banding two Acadian Flycatchers on one day was amazing! Thirteen warbler species was excellent, and we enjoyed banding a flock of eight Cedar Waxwings that were captured in our nets.  One had burnt orange tail tips – indicating that Morrow’s honeysuckle was a part of its diet in the past.  We had 12 members of a local hiking club visit.  Dr. Sue Smith of RIT gave a workshop to the Bander Training Class students on the techniques involved in taking blood samples from birds.  Two of Dr. Sara Morris’ students recorded vocalizations from warblers.  Dr. George Farnsworth, a member of the BTC, gave a presentation on his behavioral research with Northern Mockingbirds at Xavier University.  Just 159 more birds to band and we’ll have 4000 for the season.    Betsy Brooks

Bander Training Class Successfully Runs the Station

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Wednesday, May 23 2012.  90 new of 26 species; 31 recaps.  New species:  Barn Swallow.  On overcast, foggy days, swallows tend to fly lower giving us the opportunity to catch them.   We were lucky enough today to get two.  An Acadian Flycatcher was also a nice surprise as it is uncommon for this area.  The Bander Training Class (BTC) was in charge of the  banding station for the day, and they did a very nice job!  Everything seemed to run smoothly.  Alan Belford brought his field ornithology class from SUNY ESF (Environmental Science and Forestry) out for a field trip to see some hands-on banding as well as the operation of a banding station.  They were the first college group to use the newly renovated research and education center located here at the station to view banding in what was formerly the “boathouse”.

Ann Adams (BBBO) from Albuquerque, NM discussed her research on hummingbirds, which involves site-fidelity studies.  She also demonstrated the specialized technique of banding hummers to all of the students.  Jenna Holzschuh, a grad student of SUNY-Brockport, talked about avian orientation and energetics during migration as well.

We handled 11 warbler species including 25 Magnolia Warblers banded.  Other notable birds: 7 Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, 2 Gray-cheeked Thrushes, and 2 Traill’s Flycatchers.  Lee  Ann van Leer

First Barn Swallow of the Season.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

First Barn Swallow of the Season. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

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