Tuesday May 14, 2013.  62 new of 24 species; 9 recaps.  New species Warbling Vireo, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Our field nets were frosted at daybreak, so we waited for the sun to melt the ice before we opened them.  The sunshine made it a welcome and interesting day, with 10 warbler species.  Birds of the day were Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Gray Catbird with eight banded of each.  We also caught three Sharp-shinned Hawks.

First Rose-breasted Grosbeak of spring.  Notice the contrast between the brown and black feathers, indicating this is a younger bird.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

First Rose-breasted Grosbeak of spring.  Notice the contrast between the brown and black feathers, indicating this is a younger bird.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

The BTC students learned about setting up nets, and then made it a two-team challenge to see who could set up a net in the most productive spot for catching birds.   Willie brought photos of two Evening Grosbeaks at his feeder at home.

Cristina Contreras of Chiapas, Mexico arrived to become the 11th member of the BTC.  Our teaching manuals come in a Spanish translation, and we are fortunate to have Mike to translate for her as well as several other members of the class who can speak some Spanish.   Betsy Brooks