Wednesday May 16, 2012.  146 new of 35 species; 13 recaps.  New species Olive-sided Flycatcher, Blackburnian Warbler and Blackpoll Warbler.  It was a great day at the banding station.  The SW winds didn’t arrive soon enough so the big push didn’t develop, but what we got was spectacular!  We had 17 warbler species including the first Blackpoll Warblers (actually 12 of them!).  Bird of the day was American Redstart with 18 banded.  The BTC students banded their first birds (thrushes and catbirds), and also saw a SY-F Red-tailed Hawk captured by Dan Niven at BBBR’s raptor banding station.  Sara Morris brought three of her students from Canisius to help with the warbler vocalization recordings.  The undisputed highlight of the day was the handsome Olive-sided Flycatcher which was enjoyed by all.   Betsy Brooks

Olive-sided Flycatcher.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Olive-sided Flycatcher. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Beautiful Male Blackburnian Warbler!  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Beautiful Male Blackburnian Warbler! Photo by Ryan Kayhart