Thursday May 1, 2014.  37 new of 11 species; 5 retraps;  new species Western Palm Warbler and Yellow Palm Warbler.

We had a slight increase in birds banded today and it was a welcome change to be at Braddock Bay and not freezing cold and damp!  We started out the morning with no wind at all but southerly winds build in intensity all morning, filling the skies with kettle after kettle of Broad-winged Hawks, sharpies, and a sprinkling of Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, Osprey and kestrels.

The most interesting birds banded today were both Western Palm Warbler and Yellow Palm Warbler.  We also caught the first Yellow Warbler of the season but were unable to band it because if had Scaly Leg.  We also banded two Sharp-shinned Hawks, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-throated Sparrows and a Field Sparrow.

Western Palm Warbler Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Western Palm Warbler
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Cindy Marino