Saturday, April 13. BBBO officially opened for the spring season today. Only half of the nets were up and the weather wasn’t terribly inviting, but we persevered and had a lovely morning.

Banded were:  32 new birds of 12 species, and 4 recaps. New species:  Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Eastern Phoebe, and White-throated Sparrow. Other species banded included Black-capped Chickadee, Slate-colored Junco, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and American Robin. (Note:  these species had also been banded in the brief “pre-season” banding done in March). The morning started with a wave of American Robins, and it looked as though they would be bird of the day. However, around 9:00 the Black-capped Chickadees showed up in large numbers and eked out the win. A third wave of little birds (kinglets and creepers) came an hour or so later.

This handsome Fox Sparrow was a delightful treat for our new banders!

This handsome Fox Sparrow was a delightful treat for our new banders!

The trusty crew consisted of Mike (our new spring intern from Hobart and William Smith Colleges) and Claire (one of our dynamite teen banders). Mike spent the morning learning to scribe and net-pick, and Claire net-picked and banded. Both did an excellent job, and will be welcome additions to our regular crew this season. We hope to see many more of you this spring, whether as visitors or volunteers. Andrea Patterson