Saturday June 1, 2013:  55 new birds of 26 species, 11 recaps.  New species:  Hairy Woodpecker.  The slowdown continues as spring migration comes to an end.  Most of the birds we are getting now are potential local breeders:  American Redstarts, Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Indigo Buntings, and Gray Catbirds.  In fact, we did see an Indigo Bunting with a brood patch today, and other local species are starting to show breeding characteristics as well.

Jason's oldest daughter Abigail releases an Indigo Bunting.  She spent the morning making notecards about the entire banding process and the birds she released, to share with her class on Monday.

Jason’s oldest daughter Abigail releases an Indigo Bunting. She spent the morning making notecards about the entire banding process and the birds she released, to share with her class on Monday.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

A younger and an older male Baltimore Oriole.

A younger and an older male Baltimore Oriole.

As interesting as the birds today, were the large dragonflies flitting around the station.  While they often get caught in our nets, they are fairly easy to remove safely.  I believe most of the dragonflies released today were Darners (Green, I believe), although there was also a Twelve-spotted Skimmer and perhaps other species as well.