Sunday, August 18.  34 new birds of 14 species, 16 recaps.  New species:  Chestnut-sided Warbler.  Another calm clear day at Braddock Bay, with just a hint of a chill in the morning air.  In contrast to yesterday, today’s numbers started high and dwindled throughout the morning.  The Chestnut-sided Warbler was a welcome treat, as was a young Downy Woodpecker.  A molting Baltimore Oriole tested everyone’s skill at aging and sexing, and made the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher ID seem easy by comparison!

A young Chestnut-sided Warbler.

A young Chestnut-sided Warbler.

It seems like nearly every day or two of banding brings us a new bird – Blackburnian Warbler (8/8), Magnolia Warbler (8/15), Canada Warbler (8/17), and Chestnut-sided (8/18).  Will this week bring any more surprises?