Friday April 19, 2013.  115 new birds of 21 species, 18 recaps.  New species:  Blue-headed Vireo, Western Palm Warbler, Purple Finch, and the “mystery bird” below.   The wind still tore through the treetops and the rain still threatened to spoil the morning, but today differed radically from yesterday in that only 22 Black-capped Chickadees were banded and our species diversity was nearly doubled!  With 3 species of warbler and 7 species of sparrow banded today, it seemed that we could see spring looming on the horizon.

The first Palm Warbler of the season. The white on the breast and belly marks this as the "Western" subspecies, which is much more common in Rochester than the "Yellow" subspecies.

The first Palm Warbler of the season. The white on the breast and belly marks this as the “Western” subspecies, which is much more common in Rochester than the “Yellow” subspecies.

The most puzzling bird today is pictured below.  We made a species determination and we banded it, but we are waiting until tomorrow to post what species we think it is.  We welcome your input, ideas and discussion on this unusually plumaged (for this time of year) bird.  Any guesses or comments can be posted on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BraddockBayBirdObservatory or sent directly to ajpforbusiness-at-gmail.com.  Tune in tomorrow for an update!  Andrea Patterson

This "mystery" bird showed up mid-morning, and temporarily stumped us all.

This “mystery” bird showed up mid-morning, and temporarily stumped us all.

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