Tuesday May 21, 2013.  225 new birds of 38 species; 18 retraps.  New species Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and Blackpoll Warbler.  We woke to lightning and thunder over the lake but we kept radar on all morning and managed to operate with all our nets until late morning when a  light shower moved in.  After the rain stopped we opened all the nets once again and managed to have a very good day with three new species for the spring.

ASY-M Blackpoll Warbler.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

ASY-M Blackpoll Warbler. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

It was a flycatcher day with E Wood-Pewee, Yellow-bellied, Traills, Least  and Great Crested Flycatchers.  Bird of the day was Magnolia Warbler with 56 banded, along with American Redstart with 30 banded.

In the afternoon, the BTC students heard presentations by Mark Deutschlander on his research with migration orientation and then from Sara Morris on her research on flight calls of migrating birds.  Afterwards, they made plans for their big day tomorrow … running the banding station for the day.  In the midst of all the activity, Jim Gillette came with his tractor to spruce up the parking lot for us.                        Betsy Brooks