Wednesday, August 22, 2012. A beautiful sunny day.  Based on the light winds overnight our modest expectations were exceeded with 43 new birds of 14 different species.  In addition, we processed 13 recaptures of birds banded on previous days. Easily, the highlight of the day was a hatching year YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT – The first I have ever banded. The most numerous species banded were Magnolia Warbler with 14 new bands and American Redstart with 8 new bands. One of the last birds we processed was an unexpected juvenal Swainson’s Thrush with its first-basic plumage not yet fully grown. With a superb crew of seasoned veterans, the well organized banding lab, the nets already adjusted, and the net lanes mowed made for the smoothest opening week I remember.  Jon Dombrowski