August 28, 2012.  What a day this has been!  We banded 60 new birds of 18 species.  Some of the highlights included: a hatch-year female Pileated Woodpecker, a hatch-year Connecticut Warbler, a hatch-year Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, and a hatch-year Chipping Sparrow.  The most common bird today was the Magnolia Warbler, of which we banded 13 new birds.  We had 4 Veery’s and 6 Swainson’s Thrush.  These should be relatively easy IDs, but this time of year IDing these two species is very challenging and required many measurements.  The icing on the cake was when I went outside to my car, an immature Bald Eagle was perched in the tree by net 6!!!!!!  There have been many days at BBBO with much higher total counts, but I don’t remember a day that was more exciting.   John Waud

Hatch-year female Pileated Woodpecker banded!.  Photo by Gayle Lazoration

Emily banding the Pileated Woodpecker.  Photo by Gayle Lazoration

Beautiful hatch-year Connecticut Warbler.  Photo by Gayle Lazoration