Sunday, May 5th, 2013: 63 new birds of 21 species, 5 recaptures. New species: Magnolia Warbler and American Redstart.  We’ve been waiting patiently for the bulk of the warblers to arrive, but they have been trickling in by dribs and drabs.  There was nothing drab about our first Magnolia Warbler of the season, however!  It was an absolutely stunning male . . . and our first American Redstart was no slouch either!  Amidst a pile of exciting birds – a Brown Thrasher, a House Wren, and a Field Sparrow – we banded our 2,000th bird of the season, a rather unassuming female Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Sue Pagano stopped by the banding station for a visit, as did former RIT student and bander Samantha DeSando.  Sue also introduced Julia, a high school student from Greece Odyssey, to the station.  We hope we’ll see her again, so we can put her to work!  Leanna Twohig and Andrea Patterson