Thursday April 25, 2013.  85 new bands of 16 species; 25 recaps.  New species:  Yellow Warbler and Eastern Towhee.  It was a lovely day at BBBO – more blue skies, a light southerly wind, and just a few fluffy clouds.  The chickadee numbers are not overwhelming (only 39 new ones today) and we are getting a diverse handful of new species.  After the long slow snowy spring we’ve been having, the first sunny Yellow Warbler was a real treat.  A second Pine Warbler surprised us all, and both Myrtle and Palm Warblers made an appearance.  Three Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers at once were a tiny delight, and three Northern Cardinals at once were a painful one!

One male (l) and two female Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers.  We pulled them from adjacent nets and hurried them back to the station for a quick photo.

One male (l) and two female Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers. We pulled them from adjacent nets and hurried them back to the station for banding and a quick photo.

Another Pine Warbler.  This one is still very drab, but he (or she) is showing a hint of yellow here and there.

Another Pine Warbler. This one is still very drab, but he (or she) is showing a hint of yellow here and there.

No hidden yellow here!  His sunny colors are on full display!

No hidden yellow here! His sunny colors are on full display!