153 birds of 33 species, 21 recaps.  New species:  Brown Thrasher, Bicknell’s Thrush, Slate-colored Junco, Eastern White-crowned Sparrow.

This Slate-colored Junco was actually the second one we caught today – the first was still wearing much of his striped juvenile plumage, but he escaped before we could snap a photo.

What a change a little NW wind makes!  Our numbers today were double what they have been for the past week, and four new species blew in as well.  Bird of the day was once again Blackpoll Warbler with 25 new bands, but Swainson’s Thrush ran a close second with 24.  In fact, thrushes of all varieties were well represented as they made up over 28% of the new bands today.  Especially exciting was a possible Bicknell’s Thrush.  The wing length and morphology was suggested Bicknell’s, although some of the soft-part coloration suggested a Gray-cheeked.  The picture is below – any thoughts?

This thrush’s wing length and morphology match that of a Bicknell’s Thrush.

These two Blue-headed Vireo were interesting – the one that looks bigger actually measured smaller (by wing, tarsus and mass).

One of the best parts of being a bander is visiting other stations to see how they do things and to learn new tips and techniques.  We were lucky to have Claire and Henry Trombley from the Dead Creek Observatory visiting us for two days.  At Dead Creek they give awards at the end of the season, so in that spirit, you can see our three award winners below!

Our visitors and award-winners from Dead Creek Bird Observatory: Henry Trombley (winner of the Winged Feet award, for being the swiftest net-picker), Ryan Kayhart (winner of the Host with the Most award, for being a sensational host all weekend), and Claire Trombley (winner of the Best Bander award, for banding an astonishing 68 birds this weekend).