One misty moisty morning

When cloudy was the weather,
We chanced to band eleven birds
Plus three recaps together.

Thursday May 9, 2013: 11 birds of 7 species, 3 recaps.  No new species.  The mist hung heavily over the field and bay today, and it didn’t lift until well into the morning.  I was optimistic that we would see some new birds since the weather was a little iffy, but it never happened.  Instead, it literally was a day with more people (and cars!) than birds.

Two “old friends” visited the station today.  The first was a Warbling Vireo – it would have been the station’s first-of-the-year, but it was already banded.  When we looked up the band number, we discovered that I had banded it last spring on May 10!  This tiny bird returned to what we presume is its previous nesting spot, and was caught a year nearly to the day after its initial banding.

The first (albeit recaptured) Warbling Vireo of the spring

The first (albeit recaptured) Warbling Vireo of the spring

The second “old friend” was a Black-capped Chickadee, band number 2690-67897.  Betsy tried looking in the database for the previous banding record, but there was none.  We looked in the band inventory to see if we had been issued bands with that prefix, and we hadn’t!  Finally, we submitted the band number to the Bird Banding Lab, and they told us the band number had not yet been reported.  A mystery!  Who banded this bird?  And when?  And where?  Time will tell – eventually the BBL will get back to us with an update, so stay tuned!

For the last three days, BBBO has been host to a small group of students from a high school in Vermont. These fantastic kids walked the net lanes, saw birds being banded, visited the hawk watch, and apparently had a very competitive air hockey tournament. They took off for home today around mid-morning, and we hope that they will be able to come back and visit again next year.

Here they are looking studious . . .

The group from Vermont, with several BBBO staff

The group from Vermont, with several BBBO staff

And here they are looking silly!

What's a trip to BBBO without a little clowning around?!?

What’s a trip to BBBO without a little clowning around?!?

Today we also hosted a visit from the CL Academy in Henrietta.  15 young students have been studying things that fly – and we were lucky that they discovered us!  Bright and curious, they peppered us with questions for nearly three hours, despite the fact that we only had one or two birds at a time to show them.