Wednesday May 22, 2013. 239 new birds of 31 species; 17 recaptures. It was an ideal day for the BTC students to run the station. We started the morning off with net checks every 15 minutes due to wet nets. After about an hour, the nets were dry and it was business as usual for the rest of the day. The BTC students got plenty of practice banding the steady flow of Magnolia Warblers, American Redstarts and Gray Catbirds that came in throughout the morning. Betsy estimated we processed the most birds of any BTC group in recent memory. Highlights of the day included a Sharp-Shinned Hawk, a Blue Jay with a brood patch and a recaptured Red-Bellied Woodpecker.
The results of the BTC Mist Net Challenge are in: The Square Root net won with a total of 30 birds captured. The AX net came in a close second with 27 birds captured. Congratulations to both teams on such a close competition!
Rich, Kathy, Grace, Audrey, Christi, Claire, Mike, Jason, Cristina, and Lee with Betsy.

Rich, Kathy, Grace, Audrey, Christi, Claire, Mike, Jason, Cristina, and Lee with Betsy.

Katherine Dilliplane