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