Thursday May 3, 2012.  121 new bands of 27 species; 10 recaps.  New species: Least Flycatcher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Eastern White-Crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Baltimore Oriole.  This is what we were waiting for!  There was a cold fog just inland, but the birds started coming down an hour after dawn.  It was a nice steady flow, with plenty of banders, banding assistants, and scribes.  Birds of the day were Ruby-crowned Kinglet with 24 banded and Nashville and Yellow Warbler each with 16 banded.  We especially enjoyed a visit from Steve and Ruth Russell, hummingbird banders from Tucson, who have been active for years in the North American Banding Council.   The Red Admiral butterflies were back today, along with the first Green Darners caught in the nets.  Greta came to mend nets for us.  Kelly was busy getting the place ready for the dedication of the Robert G. McKinney Banding Laboratory on Sunday afternoon.     Betsy Brooks

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