Saturday May 25, 2013.  97 new birds of 29 species, 41 recaps.  New species:  Yellow-breasted Chat.  It felt more like April than May today, but since the sun was out and the wind was less stiff at the level of our nets, we were able to complete our full 6 hours this morning.  American Redstart and Wilson’s Warbler ruled the day by the numbers (with 18 and 13 new bands, respectively), but the real stars were the quintet of Black-throated Green Warblers caught at one time in two adjacent nets (one male and the rest female) and the female Yellow-breasted Chat.

Five Black-throated Green Warblers caught at one time in two nets.  Gorgeous!

Five Black-throated Green Warblers caught at one time in two nets. Gorgeous!

The Chat doesn’t appear every season at Braddock Bay, and until recently we suspected that Chats in our area simply overshot their destination.  However, since banding three at the end of last summer we are starting to reconsider . . . it is possible they are breeding in the area.  The New York State Breeding Bird Atlas (2000-2005) lists a possible nest somewhere in the BBBO/Owl Woods area.  E-bird has no records for the peninsula until 2010 . . . but then also has records for 2011 and 2012.  It would be great to confirm their breeding status in this part of Monroe County!

Female Yellow-breasted Chat.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart.

Female Yellow-breasted Chat. Photo by Ryan Kayhart.