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The last day of fall 2013 banding at BBBO, really!

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Friday October 25, 2013.  56 new birds of 12 species.

While yesterday was the last full day of banding, today was the end of the season.  With winds out of the WNW last night, we opened all of the nets again this morning.  We had a very good day.   Slate-colored Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, Hermit Thrush, and Kinglets (Ruby-crowned and Golden Crowned) were the dominate species.  Since we needed to prepare the banding station for winter, we closed after four hours and took down the nets, cleaned up the station, and put the equipment into storage.  All in all it was a very good day at BBBO.

Until next spring,

John Waud

What small gray bird with white tail feathers did we capture today?

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Thursday October 24, 2013:  approximately 25 new birds of approximately 10 species, and approximately 30 recaps.  (I left the tally sheet at the station!  Numbers will be updated . . . eventually!)  Once again we avoided impending bad weather and managed to get in our full six hours.  In preparation for closing today, we graded all the nets (so we know which ones to save and which to burn), and we took down the alphabet trail.

Our numbers were a severe drop from yesterday, and – shockingly – there was not a single new junco in the bunch!  In addition, there was only one junco recaptured.  They must have swooped in, fussed about for a few hours, and then swooped back out . . . perhaps in search of kindly souls who keep well-stocked feeders.  So what was the little gray bird with white tail feathers???

A young Blue-gray Gnatcatcher brightened our day.

A young Blue-gray Gnatcatcher brightened our day.

A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher!!!   They are not often reported in our part of New York in October, and we haven’t banded one since the end of August.  But the gnatcatcher was not our only little gray bird that caused a stir today. . .

It's not very scientific to say so, but he's just as cute as a button!

We were spoiled last year by a couple dozen titmice.  This year, we were not so lucky so we were all grateful to see one today.

We all love Tufted Titmice, and this little fellow was the perfect end to our day.

Final Fall Wednesday with 152 New Birds and a New Species

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Wednesday October 23, 2013   152 new birds of 12 species; 11 recaps.  New species Tree Sparrow.

New Species for Fall AHY American Tree Sparrow Photo by Peggy Keller

New Species for Fall
AHY American Tree Sparrow
Photo by Peggy Keller

WOW a great last Wednesday.  It started with many layers and oh no, 6 hours of cold.  The first run got the excitement up quickly,

with nets full of Juncos!!!!!

Dark-eyed Juncos by the Ones Photo by Peggy Keller

Dark-eyed Juncos by the Ones
Photo by Peggy Keller

Then the next run there were even more, so we had to close the 80’s and 70’s and call in our second scribe so we could catch up.

Dark-eyed Juncos by the Twos Photo by Peggy Keller

Dark-eyed Juncos by the Twos
Photo by Peggy Keller

We thought the Juncos were the gift of the day, coming in first with 96 individuals, but there was more. A new species for the fall,

Tree Sparrow and then a beautiful Fox Sparrow.

AHY Fox Sparrow Photo by Peggy Keller

AHY Fox Sparrow
Photo by Peggy Keller

And then Gary came in and said he had a Bald-headed Eagle!!  At which  Jena pulled out a leucistic White-throated Sparrow from the bag!!

Leucistic Dark-eyed Junco Photo by Peggy Keller

Leucistic White-throated Sparrow
Photo by Peggy Keller

Peggy Keller

Many More Leaves Than Birds Today!

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Tuesday October 22, 2013  21 new birds of 8 species; 17 recaps.

It was a chilly, blustery day but with plenty of sunshine.  
We picked more leaves than birds out of the nets!

White-throated Sparrow was the most numerous species with 9 banded.
White-throated Sparrow Orange-tinged Lores

White-throated Sparrow
Orange-tinged Lores

Also banded were 4 Hermit Thrush, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 2 Brown
Creepers and one each of Song Sparrow, Winter Wren, Northern Cardinal
and American Robin.
Thanks to all the Tuesday crew who hung in there with me
all of this Fall season!

Cindy Marino

Final Monday of the Fall 2013 Banding Season

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Monday October 21, 2013.  26 new birds and 28 recaps.  It is rather sad to say it is my last day at BBBO for the season. It warmed up to the low 60’s by noon time so we had a pleasant day.  There were 10 White throated sparrows of the newly banded group and 9 Hermit thrushes. The catch of the day I suppose was the Carolina Wren which has hung around all summer.

Carolina Wren  Photo by Peggy Keller

Carolina Wren
Photo by Peggy Keller

It has been a wonderful season and I can speak for the staff there today, that we regret having to say good by for the season and we are looking forward to spring already.

Marian Klik

Last Sunday of the Season

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Sunday, October 20, 2013.  28 new birds of 7 species; 25 recaptures.  The bird of the day was Hermit Thrush with 9 new bands.  Golden-crowned Kinglet was close behind with a total of 7.
We picked quite a few birds the first two net runs, but the remainder of the day was fairly uneventful.  Sue Smith Pagano came and picked up her equipment and Andrea Patterson started cleaning up the station, both in preparation for the end of the fall banding season.   Leanna Twohig

And While Everyone Else Was at the Junkins’ Banders’ Get-together………

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Saturday October 19, 2013.  30 new birds and 23 recaps. Once again Golden-crowned Kinglet

came in first with 11.

Adult Swamp Sparrow  Photo by Peggy Keller

Adult Swamp Sparrow
Photo by Peggy Keller

We had thought about closing a bit earlier but then we would have missed a visit from our friendly Carolina Wren at hour 6.

Claire with Downy Woodpecker Photo by Peggy Keller

Claire with Downy Woodpecker
Photo by Peggy Keller

Jenna, Claire and Maggie studying the Downy Woodpecker Photo by Peggy Keller

Jenna, Claire and Maggie studying the Downy Woodpecker
Photo by Peggy Keller

Peggy Keller

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