Saturday September 14, 2013.  65 new birds of 23 species, 15 recaps.  Bird of the day was Swainson’s Thrush with 14 new bands.  We had a fantastic day at BBBO today – not just because of the birds, but because of the guests!  Last spring, BBBO partnered with WXXI during their pledge week.  We offered a morning with the birds (including breakfast and a presentation) as a gift for pledging during a program on hummingbirds, and today 16 of those who pledged came to the station to experience birds first hand.  It was a little chilly and the sun didn’t peek out until later in the morning, but we all had a great time marveling over the gorgeous colors of an adult male American Redstart, listening to the heartbeat of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and melting at the sight of the cutest juvenile Cedar Waxwing ever.

A juvenile Cedar Waxwing.  Notice the orange tips on the tail feathers, indicating that he fed on Morrow's Honeysuckle while the feathers were growing.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart.

A juvenile Cedar Waxwing. Notice the orange tips on the tail feathers, indicating that he fed on Morrow’s Honeysuckle while the feathers were growing. Photo by Ryan Kayhart.

Thanks to WXXI, and to everyone who pledged and came out today.  We hope you’ll come back again!