Saturday May 11, 2013:  68 new birds of 22 species, 5 recaps.  New species:  Eastern Wood Pewee, Wood Thrush, and Golden-winged Warbler.  For what may be the first time this season, the bird of the day (by total number of bands) was a warbler!  We banded 14 Nashville Warblers today, with Black-throated Blue Warbler in a distant second with 8.  A day’s worth of anecdotal evidence suggests that Black-throated Blue Warblers are a species that exhibits differential migration timing based on age and sex, as 7 of the 8 new bands today were older male birds.

The real bird of the day (by quality, not quantity) was the stunning Golden-winged Warbler.  We missed them in the spring of 2011, and banded only two last spring.  A bird of early successional habitats, their populations are declining as their habitat declines, and they are being further displaced by their close relative, the Blue-winged Warbler.

The first Golden-winged Warbler of the season - we hope he isn't the last!  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

The first Golden-winged Warbler of the season – we hope he isn’t the last! Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Sunday volunteer Leanna brought her two sons and a friend from their playgroup to visit the station, and a small group from the Harley school in Rochester visited as well.  Emily and her grandfather Ernie, from the Canandaigua area, arrived almost as soon as we opened and we had a delightful time showing them everything they do.  We didn’t get many extra visitors for International Migratory Bird Day, but the children that were there had a great time practicing their net-picking skills on a wild assortment of plush birds.

What a bunch of crazy birds caught in the net!

What a bunch of crazy birds caught in the net!