Friday May 10, 2013.  117 new bands of 31 species; 12 recaps.  New species Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Hooded Warbler.

The day started out with fog so thick on the expressway that it brought traffic to a near standstill in spots.  The radar at 5 am showed a riot of birds well west of Niagara Falls and east of Rochester.  Caught and banded today were 117 birds, five of which were new species for the season even though the nets were down a half hour sooner due to an approaching storm.  A stunning Bay-breasted Warbler, a colorful Mourning Warbler, a cool female Eastern Towhee and a show stopping Hooded Warbler made their appearance today.

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A crew of 35 home schooled children and 10 adults arrived midmorning to check out what bird banding is all about.  The stuffed animals being caught in the nets as a demonstration was a hit with everyone along with the male Ruby-throated Hummingbird caught when the children made the rounds of the nets shortly thereafter.

First Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the season

First Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the season.

Hummingbird Magic!  Photo by Katie Little

Hummingbird Magic! Photo by Katie Little

An arriving truck created a literal traffic jam in the parking lot.   Never a dull day at the station.     Marian Klik