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