Thursday May 23, 2013:  187 new of 33 species, 21 recaps.  No new species.  Birds of the day were Magnolia Warbler with 26 banded and American Redstart with 23 banded.  The morning began with a flurry of birds, but they slowed to a trickle by late morning.  A pair of Bay-breasted Warblers were a cheery sight, and the Maggies continued to confound our efforts to age and sex them.

Male and female Bay-breasted Warblers.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart.

Male and female Bay-breasted Warblers. Photo by Ryan Kayhart.

The stiff wind was ideal for raptors, as kettles of Turkey Vultures and Broad-winged Hawks soared over, peppered with Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, and Bald Eagle.  Everyone trooped out to the field with binoculars to watch the awesome flight, and we were glad we could just enjoy them (and didn’t have to count them!).

A flock of banders watching a flock of raptors.

A flock of banders watching a flock of raptors.