Saturday, August 17.  31 new birds of 14 species, 12 recaps.  New species:  Canada Warbler.  Bird of the day was a three-way tie between Yellow Warbler, Gray Catbird, and Warbling Vireo with five each.  The official opening day of the fall season dawned cool and clear, with just a hint of breeze.  As the temperature slowly increased, so did the number of birds in our nets.  We were steady but never busy, which gave us time to get back in the swing of banding fall birds.

A young Canada Warbler wanders through on opening day.

A young Canada Warbler wanders through on opening day.

The birds were not the only visitors.  Staff member Greg Cunningham stopped by with his girlfriend Robin and their young neighbor Milo, before continuing on to the hawk blind.  A birder stopped by to see what was in the trees, and a family from the east end of Lake Ontario stopped by for visit.  Now that we are open every day starting at sunrise, we hope to see many of you as well!  Andrea Patterson