Thursday October 3, 2013.  212 new birds of 27 species, 11 recaps.  Bird of the day was White-throated Sparrow with 87 new bands.  Golden-crowned Kinglet was a distant second, with 34 new bands .  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  What a difference a day makes!  After so many dismally slow days, we were due for a birdy day.  It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, as we had three guest banders with us today who are preparing to take their NABC Bander Certification exam this weekend.  Highlights of the day included a Yellow-shafted Flicker who was just a little bit vocal, six Lincoln’s Sparrows, and the first Brown Thrasher and Juncos of the fall.  But for me, the biggest thrill was seeing the first ever Gambel’s White-crowned Sparrow banded at BBBO.  Scroll down for photos of this special bird, and enjoy the lovely browns, yellows and oranges of our other fall birds.

An adult Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow. This subspecies is found in the western half of the US, but they appear to show up in the Northeast occasionally during fall migration.

An adult Gambel’s White-crowned Sparrow. This subspecies is found in the western half of the US, but they appear to show up in the Northeast occasionally during fall migration.

Swamp Sparrow and Lincoln's Sparrow.

Swamp Sparrow and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

Field Sparrow.

Field Sparrow

A hatch year Brown Thrasher.  Note the light yellow eye, which will darken with age.

A hatch year Brown Thrasher. Note the light yellow eye, which will darken with age.

A hatch year Northern Flicker.  He looks to be an adolescent male, trying desperately to grow a moustache like the older boys!

A hatch year Northern Flicker. He looks to be an adolescent male, trying desperately to grow a moustache like the older boys!

A male Golden-crowned Kinglet, showing off his orange and gold.

A male Golden-crowned Kinglet, showing off his orange and gold.