Wednesday May 29, 2013  118 new of 27 species; 10 recaps.  We had the crew assembled at dawn but it was still raining. so we waited and kept checking radar until it was safe to put up nets (at 3.25 hours after sunrise).  We watched radar the rest of the morning until we saw a new line of storms approaching at 6.5 hours after sunrise.  We had a splendid day, with great variety … and while we banded inside the banding lab we could hear Mourning, Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, N. Parula, Black-throated Green, and Blackpoll warblers singing in the trees surrounding the building.

Birds of the day were Wilson’s Warbler (18), Traill’s Flycatcher, (12) and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (10).  We failed to capture the Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos singing out in the field.  There were large flocks of Cedar Waxwings in the area but we only managed to capture four of them.

Greg Cunningham continued his study of the olefactory capabilities of birds … today it was time for the Red-eyed Vireos to be tested.

Gorgeous adult male Baltimore Oriole.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Gorgeous adult male Baltimore Oriole. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Young Quinn Deutschlander watched intently as a beautiful adult male Baltimore Oriole was banded and released.

Betsy Brooks